Rule 9.212 Subpoenas

(A) Issuance of Subpoenas.

(1) Before the filing of a complaint, the commission may issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses to provide statements or produce documents or other tangible evidence exclusively for consideration by the commission and its staff during the preliminary investigation. Before the filing of a complaint, the entitlement appearing on the subpoena shall not disclose the name of a judge under investigation.

(2) After the filing of a complaint, the commission may issue subpoenas either to secure evidence for testing before the hearing or for the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents or other tangible evidence at the hearing.

(B) Sanctions for Contempt; Disobedience by Respondent.

(1) Contempt proceedings against a nonparty for failure to obey a subpoena issued pursuant to this rule may be brought pursuant to MCR 2.506(E) in the circuit court for the county in which the individual resides, where the individual is found, where the contempt occurred, or where the hearing is to be held.

(2) If a respondent disobeys a subpoena or other lawful order of the commission or the master, whether before or during the hearing, the commission or the master may order such sanctions as are just, including, but not limited to, those set forth in MCR 2.313(B)(2)(a)-(e).