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52 Pa. Code § 5.345. Procedure on depositions by written questions.

§ 5.345. Procedure on depositions by written questions.

 (a)  A party taking a deposition by written questions shall serve the questions upon the deponent and serve a copy upon each other party or his attorney of record. Within 30 days thereafter the party served and other parties may serve cross questions upon the deposing party and upon each other party or the attorney of record. Reply questions shall be similarly served by a party within 10 days of the service of cross questions.

 (b)  The questions must contain a notice stating the name and address of each person to be examined if known, and, if the name is not known, a general description sufficient to identify him or the particular class or group to which he belongs. A deposition upon written questions may be taken of a public or private corporation, a partnership or association, or a governmental agency in accordance with §  5.343(e) (relating to procedures in deposition by oral examination).

 (c)  Objections to the form of questions are waived unless filed and served upon the party propounding them within the time allowed for serving the succeeding cross or other questions or within 10 days after service of the last questions. Other objections may be made at the hearing except as otherwise provided by § §  5.346—5.348 (relating to persons before whom depositions may be taken; taking of depositions-objections; and transcript of deposition, objections and filing).

 (d)  A copy of questions for the taking of a deposition, as well as a signature page and envelope bearing the caption and marked ‘‘Deposition of

’’ (name of witness), shall be transmitted to the person being deposed who shall complete, certify and return the completed deposition to the sender.

 (e)  After the service of questions and prior to the taking of the testimony of the deponent, the presiding officer, on motion promptly made by a party or a deponent, may make an order in accordance with §  5.362 (relating to protective orders) or an order that the deposition may not be taken except upon oral examination.


   The provisions of this §  5.345 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 504—506, 1301 and 1501.


   The provisions of this §  5.345 adopted October 12, 1984, effective January 1, 1985, 14 Pa.B. 3819; amended January 24, 1997, effective January 25, 1997, 27 Pa.B. 414; amended April 28, 2006, effective April 29, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 2097. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (225690) to (225691).

Cross References

   This section cited in 52 Pa. Code §  1.8 (relating to definitions); 52 Pa. Code §  5.364 (relating to use of depositions at hearing); and 52 Pa. Code §  5.411 (relating to oral examination).

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