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Rule 200. Depositions Upon Oral Examination (1990)


1. When Depositions May Be Taken. After commencement of the action, any party may take the testimony of any person, including a party, by deposition upon oral examination.

Leave of court, granted with or without notice, must be obtained only if a party seeks to take a deposition prior to the appearance day of any defendant.

2. Notice of Examination: General Requirements; Notice of Deposition of Organization.

a. Reasonable notice must be served in writing by the party, or his attorney, proposing to take a deposition upon oral examination, to every other party or his attorney of record. The notice shall state the name of the deponent, the time and the place of the taking of his deposition and, if the production of documents or tangible things in accordance with Rule 201 is desired, a designation of the items to be produced by the deponent either by individual item or by category and which describes each item and category with reasonable particularity. The notice shall also state the identity of persons who will attend other than the witness, parties, spouses of parties, counsel, employees of counsel, and the officer taking the deposition. If any party intends to have any other persons attend, that party must give reasonable notice to all parties of the identity of such other persons.

b. A party may in his notice name as the deponent a public or private corporation or a partnership or association or governmental agency and describe with reasonable particularity the matters on which examination is requested.

Amended by order of April 24, 1990, eff. Sept. 1, 1990: To provide for persons who may attend deposition without notification, and to provide for reasonable notice of any party's intent to have any other persons attend.

Prior Amendments Future Amendments
Oct. 29, 1940, eff. Sept. 1, 1941 Repealed by order of Aug. 4, 1998, and Nov. 9, 1998, eff. Jan. 1, 1999. See Rule 199.1 et seq.
April 12, 1962, eff. Sept. 1, 1962  
July 21, 1970, eff. Jan. 1, 1971  
Oct. 3, 1972, eff. Feb. 1, 1973  
Dec. 5, 1983, eff. April 1, 1984