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Order for Discovery & Depositions - Hon. Judge Coughenour

Order for Discovery & Depositions - Hon. Judge Coughenour

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Order for Discovery & Depositions - Hon. Judge Coughenour
Order for Discovery & Depositions - Hon. Judge Coughenour

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
Paul MurphyPlaintiff,v.Case No.: 2:13cv00727JCCJudge John C CoughenourWhatcom County, Washington, et al.Defendant.
ORDER REGARDING DISCOVERY AND DEPOSITIONS
IT IS ORDERED that:(l)
DISCOVERY
. All discovery matters are to be resolved by agreement if possible. If a ruling is needed as to any discovery questions, and counsel wish to avoid the time andexpenses of a written motion, they may obtain an expedited ruling through a telephoneconference call to the court at (206) 370−8800.(2)
DEPOSITIONS
. Depositions will be conducted in compliance with the followingrules:(a)
Examination
. If there are multiple parties, each side should ordinarilydesignate one attorney to conduct the main examination of the deponent, andany questioning by other counsel on that side should be limited to matters notpreviously covered.(b)
Objections
. The only objections that should be raised at thedeposition are those involving a privilege against disclosure, or some matterthat may be remedied if presented at the time (such as the form of the questionor the responsiveness of the answer), or that the question seeks informationbeyond the scope of discovery. Objections on other grounds are unnecessaryand should generally be avoided. All objections should be concise and mustnot suggest answers to, or otherwise coach, the deponent. Argumentativeinterruptions will not be permitted.(c)
Directions Not to Answer
. Directions to the deponent not to answerare improper, except on the ground of privilege or to enable a party ordeponent to present a motion to the court or special master for termination of the deposition on the ground that it is being conducted in bad faith or in sucha manner as unreasonably to annoy, embarrass or oppress the party or thedeponent, or for appropriate limitations upon the scope of the depositions(e.g., on the ground that the line of inquiry is not relevant nor reasonablycalculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence). When a privilegeis claimed, the witness should nevertheless answer questions relevant to theexistence, extent or waiver of the privilege, such as the date of thecommunication, who made the statement in question, to whom and in whosepresence the statement was made, other persons to whom the statement was
ORDER REGARDING DISCOVERY AND DEPOSITIONS − Page 1
Case 2:13-cv-00727-JCC Document 6 Filed 04/26/13 Page 1 of 2

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