2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
January 27, 2020 - Introduced by Representatives Knodl, Sanfelippo, Dittrich,
Duchow, Edming, Gundrum, James, Katsma, Kuglitsch, Skowronski and
Wichgers, cosponsored by Senators Darling, Jacque and Wanggaard.
Referred to Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.
1An Act to create
885.56 (1) (km) of the statutes; relating to: criteria for the
2court to consider when determining whether to use videoconferencing at a
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current law allows a court to allow the use of videoconferencing technology at
a proceeding. Current law specifies criteria that the court may consider when
determining whether to permit the use of videoconferencing technology, such as
whether undue prejudice would result; the cost of producing a witness in person
versus the importance of the offered testimony; whether the decorum of the
courtroom would impress upon the witness to testify truthfully; and whether the
person presents a security risk to transport and present personally. This bill adds
as a criterion the safety of the witness or the risk that the witness may be unavailable
to testify if videoconferencing is not used.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
885.56 (1) (km) of the statutes is created to read:
(km) The safety of the witness or the risk that the witness may be 2
unavailable to testify if videoconferencing is not used.