RULE 31. DEPOSITIONS OF WITNESSES UPON WRITTEN QUESTIONS
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(b) Officer to Take Responses and Prepare Record. A copy of the notice and copies of all questions served must be delivered by the party noticing the deposition to the officer designated in the notice, who shall proceed promptly, in the manner provided by Rule 30(c), (e), and (f), to take the testimony of the witness in response to the questions and to prepare and certify the deposition and deliver it or send it by registered or certified mail or a traceable third-party commercial delivery service to the party noticing the deposition.
Rule 31 was amended, effective March 1, 1986; March 1, 1990; March 1, 1997; March 1, 1999.
Subdivision (b) was amended, effective March 1, 1999, to allow a deposition to be sent via a commercial delivery service offering a traceable means of shipping similar to registered or certified mail.
SOURCES: Procedure Committee Minutes of January 29-30, 1998, page 19; September 28-29, 1995, page 12; April 20, 1989, page 2; December 3, 1987, page 11; November 29, 1984, page 8; November 29-30, 1979, page 6; Rule 31, FRCivP.
SUPERSEDED: Sections 31-0506, 31-0705, NDRC 1943.
CROSS REFERENCE: Rules 29 (Stipulations Regarding Discovery Procedure), 30 (Depositions Upon Oral Examination), and 45 (Subpoena), NDRCivP; Rule 611 (Mode and Order of Interrogation and Presentation), NDREv.