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Granting of Immunity toWitnesses.

§ 15A‑1051.  Immunity;general provisions.

(a)        A witness whoasserts his privilege against self‑incrimination in a hearing orproceeding in court or before a grand jury of North Carolina may be ordered totestify or produce other information as provided in this Article. He may notthereafter be excused from testifying or producing other information on theground that his testimony or other information required of him may tend toincriminate him. Except as provided in G.S. 15A‑623(h), no testimony orother information so compelled, or any information directly or indirectlyderived from the testimony or other information, may be used against thewitness in a criminal case, except a prosecution for perjury or contemptarising from a failure to comply with an order of the court. In the event of aprosecution of the witness he shall be entitled to a record of his testimony.

(b)        An order to testifyor produce other information authorized by this Article may be issued prior tothe witness's assertion of his privilege against self‑incrimination, butthe order is not effective until the witness asserts his privilege against self‑incriminationand the person presiding over the inquiry communicates the order to him.

(c)        As used in thisArticle, "other information" includes any book, paper, document,record, recordation, tangible object, or other material. (1973,c. 1286, s. 1; 1985 (Reg. Sess., 1986), c. 843, s. 4; 1991, c. 636, s. 3.)