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19-717. Prosecuting witness may employ assistant attorney; dismissal of action in such cases, when. That the prosecuting witness in any criminal action or proceeding may, at his own expense, employ an attorney or attorneys to assist the county attorney to perform his duties in any criminal action or proceeding under any of the laws of the state of Kansas, and such attorney or attorneys shall be recognized by the county attorney and court as associate counsel in such action or proceeding, and no prosecution shall be dismissed over the objection of such associate counsel until the reason of the county attorney for such dismissal, together with the objections thereto of such associate counsel, shall have been filed in writing, argued by counsel, and fully considered by the court.

History: L. 1901, ch. 62, ยง 1; March 15; R.S. 1923, 19-717.


1. Special prosecutor properly employed hereunder not under K.S.A. 19-718, 19-719. State v. Atwood, 187 Kan. 548, 558, 358 P.2d 726.

2. Discussed in opinion affirming conviction. State v. Ellis, 192 Kan. 315, 317, 387 P.2d 198.

3. Brother of murder victim held to be prosecuting witness for purpose of retaining special prosecutor. State v. Sandstrom, 225 Kan. 717, 723, 595 P.2d 324.

4. Complaining witness cannot appeal order dismissing complaint; responsibilities of those representing state outlined. State ex rel. Rome v. Fountain, 234 Kan. 943, 949, 678 P.2d 146 (1984).

5. Attorney hired to assist prosecutor not special prosecutor within K.S.A. 22-2202(17); cannot appeal dismissal of complaint. State v. Berg, 236 Kan. 562, 565, 566, 694 P.2d 427 (1985).

6. Cited; vehicular homicide (K.S.A. 21-3405), DUI (K.S.A. 8-1567) convictions; due process question in hiring special prosecutor not considered; not timely raised. State v. NcNaught, 238 Kan. 567, 589, 713 P.2d 457 (1986).

7. Attorney hired to assist prosecution subject to limited discovery under K.S.A. 22-3212. State v. Dressel, 241 Kan. 426, 436, 738 P.2d 830 (1987); reversing 11 Kan. App. 2d 552, 729 P.2d 1245 (1986).

8. Attorney hired by complaining witness hereunder not a special prosecutor within meaning of K.S.A. 22-2202(19). State v. Baker, 249 Kan. 431, 443, 819 P.2d 1173 (1991).

9. Trial court had no jurisdiction to compel prosecuting witness to produce medical records; respondents should have issued subpoena. In re J.T.M., 22 Kan. App. 2d 673, 678, 922 P.2d 1103 (1996).

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