CE 614     

Art. 614.  Calling and questioning of witnesses by court

A.  Calling by court.  The court, at the request of a party or if otherwise authorized by legislation, may call witnesses, and all parties are entitled to examine witnesses thus called.

B.  Questioning by court.  The court may question witnesses, whether called by itself or by a party.

C.  Objections.  Objections to the calling of witnesses by the court or to questioning of witnesses by it may be made at the time or at the next available opportunity when the jury is not present.

D.  Exception.  In a jury trial, the court may not call or examine a witness, except upon the express consent of all parties, which consent shall not be requested within the hearing of the jury.

Acts 1988, No. 515, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1989.