51. The judge before whom the arrested witness is brought shall order his release on such conditions as he may determine, particularly the furnishing of security, if he is satisfied that the detention of the witness is not necessary to ensure his attendance at the hearing where his testimony is required; otherwise, the judge shall order that the witness continue to be detained.
Except where the warrant for witness was issued under paragraph 1 of article 43, the judge, after giving the witness an opportunity to justify his conduct, may also award against him all or part of the costs arising from his failure to appear or remain in attendance. The amount of the costs is fixed by regulation and the judge shall allow not less than thirty days for payment.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, in no case may a witness under eighteen years of age be required to furnish or pay security or costs in excess of $500.
1987, c. 96, a. 51; 2015, c. 26, s. 2; 2020, c. 12, s. 181.