2015 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 12. Civil Procedure
§12-3231. Depositions upon written questions.
A. SERVING QUESTIONS; NOTICE. After commencement of the action, any party to the action may take the testimony of any person, including an opposing party, by deposition upon written questions. The attendance of witnesses may be compelled by the use of a subpoena. The deposition of a person confined in prison may be taken only by leave of court on such terms as the court prescribes.
A party desiring to take a deposition upon written questions shall serve them upon every other party with a notice stating:
1. The name and address of the person who is to answer them, 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; and
2. The name or descriptive title and address of the officer before whom the deposition is to be taken.
A deposition upon written questions may be taken of a public or private corporation or a partnership or association or governmental agency in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 6 of subsection C of Section 3230 of this title.
Within thirty (30) days after the notice and written questions are served, a party may serve cross questions upon all other parties. Within ten (10) days after being served with cross questions, a party may serve redirect questions upon all other parties. Within ten (10) days after being served with redirect questions, a party may serve recross questions upon all other parties. The court may for cause shown enlarge or shorten the time.
B. OFFICER TO TAKE RESPONSES AND PREPARE RECORD. A copy of the notice and copies of all questions served shall be delivered by the party taking the deposition to the officer designated in the notice. The officer shall proceed promptly, in the manner provided by subsections D, F and G of Section 3230 of this title, to take the testimony of the witness in response to the questions and to prepare, certify and file or mail the deposition as provided in subsection G of Section 3230 of this title, attaching thereto the copy of the notice and the questions received by him.
C. NOTICE OF FILING. When the deposition is filed the party taking it shall promptly give notice thereof to all other parties.
D. COSTS OF TRANSCRIPTION OF DEPOSITION. Cost of the transcription, fees of the sheriff and witness fees shall be taxed as provided in subsection J of Section 3230 of this title.
Added by Laws 1982, c. 198, § 8. Amended by Laws 1989, c. 129, § 7, eff. Nov. 1, 1989. Renumbered from § 3208 of this title by Laws 1989, c. 129, § 14, eff. Nov. 1, 1989.
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