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Rule 201. Compelling Appearance; Production of Documents and Things; Deposition of Organization (Oct1984)


Any person may be compelled to appear and give testimony by deposition in a civil action.

1. Subpoena. Upon proof of service of a notice to take a deposition, written or oral, the clerk or any officer authorized to take depositions and any certified shorthand reporter shall immediately issue and cause to be served upon the witness a subpoena directing him to appear before the officer at the time and place stated in the notice for the purpose of giving his deposition.

2. Production. A witness may be compelled by subpoena duces tecum to produce items or things within his care, custody or control. The subpoena duces tecum shall direct with particularity the witness to produce, at such time and place designated, documents or tangible things which constitute or contain evidence or information relating to any of the matters within the scope of the examination permitted by Rule 166b; but in that event the subpoena will be subject to the provisions of Rules 177a and 166b.

3. Party. When the deponent is a party, service of the notice upon the party or his attorney shall have the same effect as a subpoena served on the party. If the deponent is an agent or employee who is subject to the control of a party, notice to take the deposition which is served upon the party or the party's attorney of record shall have the same effect as a subpoena served on the deponent. A party or party's agents or employees or persons subject to that party's control, may be compelled to produce designated documents or tangible things, as in paragraph 2 hereof, if the notice sets forth the individual items or categories of items to be produced with reasonable particularity.

4. Organizations. When the deponent named in the subpoena or notice is a public or private corpora­tion, a partnership, association or governmental entity, the subpoena or notice shall direct the organization named to designate the person or persons to testify in its behalf, and, if it so desires, the matters on which each person designated will testify, and shall further direct that the person or persons designated by the organization appear before the of­ficer at the time and place stated in the subpoena or notice for the purpose of giving their testimony.

5. Time and Place. The time and place designated shall be reasonable. The place of taking a deposition shall be in the county of the witness' residence or, where he is employed or regularly transacts business in person or at such other convenient place as may be directed by the court in which the cause is pending; provided, however, the deposition of a party or the person or persons designated by a party under paragraph 4 above may be taken in the county of suit subject to the provisions of paragraph 4 of Rule 166b. A nonresident or transient person may be required to attend in the county where he is served with a sub­poena, or within one hundred miles from the place of service, or at such other convenient place as the court may direct. The witness shall remain in attendance from day to day until such deposition is begun and completed.

Amended by order of April 24, 1984, eff. Oct. 1, 1984.
Prior Amendments Future Amendments
Oct. 29, 1940, eff. Sept. 1, 1941 July 15, 1987, eff. Jan. 1, 1988
July 21, 1970, eff. Jan. 1, 1971 April 24, 1990, eff. Sept. 1, 1990
Oct. 3, 1972, eff. Feb. 1, 1973 Repealed by order of Aug. 4, 1998, and Nov. 9, 1998, eff. Jan. 1, 1999
June 10, 1980, eff. Jan. 1, 1981  
Dec. 5, 1983, eff. April 1, 1984