(1) An application
to take the deposition of a witness in lieu of oral testimony shall be in
writing and shall set forth the reasons such deposition should be taken, the
name and address of the witness, the matters concerning which it is expected he
will testify and the time and place proposed for the taking of the deposition,
together with the name and address of the person before whom it is desired that
the deposition be taken (for purposes of this section, hereinafter referred to
as "the officer"). Such application shall be filed with the Commission or the
Administrative Judge and shall be served on all other parties and intervenors
not less than 7 days prior to the time when it is desired that the deposition
be taken. Where good cause has been shown, the Commission or the Administrative
Judge shall make and serve on the parties and intervenors an order which
specifies the name of the witness whose deposition is to be taken and the time,
place, and designation of the officer before whom the witness is to testify.
Such officer may or may not be the officer specified in the
(2) Such deposition
may be taken before any officer authorized to administer oaths by the laws of
the United States or of the place where the examination is held. If the
examination is held in a foreign country, it may be taken before any secretary
of embassy or legation, consul general, consul, vice consul, or consular agent
of the United States.
(3) At the
time and place specified in the order, the officer designated to take such
deposition shall permit the witness to be examined and cross-examined under
oath by all parties appearing, and the testimony of the witness shall be
reduced to typewriting by the officer or under his direction. All objections to
questions or evidence shall be deemed waived unless made at the examination.
The officer shall not have power to rule upon any objection, but he shall note
them upon the deposition. The testimony shall be subscribed by the witness in
the presence of the officer who shall attach his certificate stating that the
witness was duly sworn by him, that the deposition is a true record of the
testimony and exhibits given by the witness, and that the officer is not of
counsel or attorney to any of the parties not interested in the proceeding. If
the deposition is not signed by the witness because he is ill, dead, cannot be
found, or refuses to sign it, such fact shall be included in the certificate of
the officer and the deposition may be used as fully as though signed. The
officer shall immediately deliver one copy of the transcript, together with his
certificate, in person or by registered mail to the Commission.
(4) The Commission or Administrative Judge
shall rule upon the admissibility of the deposition or any part
(5) All errors or
irregularities in compliance with the provisions of this section shall be
deemed waived unless a motion to suppress the deposition or some part thereof
is made with reasonable promptness after such defect is, or with due diligence
might have been, discovered.
the parties so stipulate in writing, depositions may be taken before any person
at any time or place, upon any notice and in any manner, and when so taken may
be used as other depositions.