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(A) An action under this article is a civil action governed by civil actions of the Karuk Tribal Court.

(B) The mother of the child and the alleged father are competent to testify and may be compelled to testify.

(C) Upon refusal of any witness, including a party, to testify under oath or produce evidence of any other kind on the ground that said witness may be incriminated thereby, and if a party requests the Tribal Court to order that person to testify or provide the evidence, the Tribal Court shall then hold a hearing and shall so order, unless it finds that to do so would be clearly contrary to the public interest, and that person shall comply with the order. The witness may be prosecuted for failing to comply with the order to answer, or for perjury or for offering false evidence to the Tribal Court. If the witness invokes their Fifth Amendment rights in this context it permits the Court to draw the inference that the testimony would have been adverse to the witness’s interest.

(D) Testimony of a physician concerning the medical circumstances of the pregnancy and the condition and characteristics of the child upon birth is not privileged.

(E) In an action against an alleged father, evidence offered by him with respect to a man who is not subject to the jurisdiction of the Tribal Court concerning his sexual intercourse with the mother at or about the probable time of conception of the child is admissible in evidence only if he has undergone and made available to the Tribal Court DNA tests the results of which do not exclude the possibility of the nonparty’s paternity of the child.

(F) The trial shall be by the Tribal Court without a jury. [Res. 22-R-198 Att. A, 11/17/2022; Res. 09-R-062 Title 2 § (6)(G), 4/30/2009.]