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PROCEDURES DEPOSITIONS FOR TAKING For oral depositions the accused has the right to do the following: .  Be  present  except  when  (1)  the  accused, absent for good cause, fails to appear after notice of time and place of the deposition, (2) the accused is disruptive,  or  (3)  the  deposition  is  ordered  instead of  producing  a  witness  on  sentencing  and  the authority  ordering  the  deposition  determines  that the  interests  of  the  parties  and  the  court-martial  can be served adequately by an oral deposition without the presence of the accused . Be represented by counsel Each  witness  giving  an  oral  deposition  is  examined under  oath.  The  scope  and  manner  of  examination and cross-examination are such as would be allowed in  the  trial  itself.  The  government  makes  available  to each accused, for examination and use at the taking of the deposition, any statement of the witness that is in the possession of the government and that the accused would be entitled at trial. For written depositions, the accused has the right to be represented by counsel for the purpose of taking a written deposition, except when the deposition is taken for use at an SCM. No party has a right to be present at a written deposition. The party requesting a written deposition submits to the opposing counsel a list of written questions to be asked of the witness. Opposing  counsel  examines  the  questions  and  is allowed  a  reasonable  time  to  prepare  cross-inter- rogatories  and  objections,  if  any. The normal steps to be followed in the taking of a written  deposition  are  as  follows: 1.  The  side  desiring  the  deposition  gives  the other  side  written  notice  that  the  deposition  has  been authorized by the CA, advises of the time and place it will be taken and the name and address of each person to  be  examined,  and  furnishes  a  list  of  written interrogatories to be asked the deponent. 2.  The  opposing  counsel  prepares  cross-inter- rogatories  and  objections. 3.   The   interrogatories,   objections,   and   cross- interrogatories are submitted to the CA, or to the court if it is in session. 4.   The   TC   prepares   the   Interrogatories   and Deposition,  DD  Form  456,  including  therein  the interrogatories,  cross-interrogatories,  and  objections. 5.  The  TC  sends  the  deposition  form  to  the command nearest the deponent with a cover letter, addressed  return  envelope,  and  a  subpoena  for  a civilian  witness,  if  necessary. 6.  The  command  receiving  the  deposition  form appoints  a  deposition  officer  and  a  reporter,  if necessary. 7. Oral answers are recorded on the deposition form, even if an objection is set forth to the questions. The court will rule on the objections at the trial. The deposition officer must not make any rulings on the objections. 8.  The  deponent  examines  the  deposition  and signs  it. 9.   The   deposition   officer   authenticates   the deposition and returns it to the TC. The normal steps to be followed in the taking of an  oral  deposition  are  as  follows: 1.  The  side  desiring  the  deposition  gives  the other  side  written  notice  that  the  deposition  has  been authorized by the CA, advises of the time and place it will be taken, and provides a memorandum stating the reasons for the deposition and the points desired to be covered  in  an  oral  examination  of  the  deponent. 2. The opposing counsel then submits a similar memorandum. 3. The memorandums are submitted to the CA (or  the  court,  if  in  session)  who  may  prepare additional  memorandums  covering  other  points  to  be covered. 4.  The  TC  then  prepares  the  form  for  the deposition and it, along with the memorandums, is mailed to the command nearest the deponent under a cover letter with an addressed return envelope and subpoena for a civilian witness, if necessary. If the deposition is to be taken locally, the CA appoints a 3-29

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