New rules governing oral depositions in civil cases in California take effect in the new year as a result of the recent passage of AB 1875. The new legislation generally sets a maximum limit of seven hours of total testimony per witness in a civil case. With the January 1, 2013 adoption of AB 1875, C.C.P. § 2025.290 gains new provisions that more closely align California with federal deposition time-limit rules.
The Consumer Attorneys of California sponsored the new bill, which passed with heavy Democratic support in Sacramento. Prior to the bill’s passage, Archer Norris partner Jonathan Bacon was part of the defense counsel coalition voicing opposition to the bill as originally drafted by its sponsors in the plaintiff Bar. Jonathan is president of the California Defense Counsel (CDC) and former president of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada (ADCNCN). His leadership and coordinated efforts with other key players in the negotiation of the Bill’s provisions led to amendments that created exceptions to the seven-hour rule that are important to defendants involved in complex or employment cases.
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