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Rule 186b. Orders for Protection of Parties and Deponents (1973)


Notice to take the deposition of a party or a witness upon written or oral questions, other than depositions under Rule 187, shall not be given, served or published prior to appearance day, unless leave of court has been obtained upon a sworn motion showing good cause therefor, which leave may be granted with or without notice as the court may require. After notice is served for taking a deposition on written questions or by oral examination, upon motion seasonably made by any party or by the person to be examined and upon notice and for good cause shown, the court in which the action is pending may enlarge or shorten the time for taking the deposition, or may make an order that the deposition shall not be taken, or that it may be taken only before the court or at some designated place other than that stated in the notice or subpoena, or that it may be taken only on written questions, or that it may be taken only by oral examination, or that certain matters shall not be inquired into, or that the examination shall be held with no one present except the witness and his counsel and the parties to the action and their officers and counsel, or that the deposition shall not be taken by or before the officer designated, or that after being sealed the deposition shall be opened only by order of the court, or that secret processes, developments or research need not be disclosed, or that the parties shall simultaneously file specified documents or information enclosed in sealed envelopes to be opened as directed by the court; or the court may make any other order which justice requires to protect the party or witness from undue annoyance, embarrassment, oppression or expense.

Amended by order of Oct. 3, 1972, eff. Feb. 1, 1973: Language has been added to make it clear that the court may enlarge or shorten the time for taking the deposition.

Prior Amendments Future Amendments
March 19, 1957, eff. Sept. 1, 1957 Repealed by order of Dec. 5, 1983, eff. April 1, 1984. Incorporated into new Rule 166b.
July 20, 1966, eff. Jan. 1, 1967  
July 21, 1970, eff. Jan. 1, 1971