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RCr 7.20 Use of depositions; objections

Baldwin's Kentucky Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of Criminal Procedure

Baldwin's Kentucky Revised Statutes Annotated
Rules of Criminal Procedure (Refs & Annos)
VII Production of Evidence (Refs & Annos)
Kentucky Rules of Criminal Procedure (RCr) Rule 7.20
RCr 7.20 Use of depositions; objections
(1) At the trial or upon any hearing, a part or all of a deposition, so far as otherwise admissible under the rules of evidence, may be used if it appears: that the witness is dead; or that the witness is out of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, unless it appears that the absence of the witness was procured by the party offering the deposition; or that the witness is unable to attend or testify because of sickness or infirmity; or that the party offering the deposition had been unable to procure the attendance of the witness by subpoena. Any deposition may also be used by any party for the purpose of contradicting or impeaching the testimony of the deponent as a witness. If only a part of a deposition is offered in evidence by a party, any other party may require the offering party to introduce at that time all of it which is relevant to the part introduced or may later introduce any other parts so relevant.
(2) Objections may be made at the trial or hearing to receiving in evidence any deposition or part thereof for any reason that would require exclusion of the evidence if the witness were then present and testifying; provided, however, that:
(a) objections to the competency of a witness or to the competency, relevancy or materiality of testimony are not waived by failure to make them before or during the taking of the deposition unless the ground of the objection is one that might have been obviated or removed if presented at that time;
(b) errors and irregularities occurring at the oral examination in the manner of taking the deposition, in the form of the questions or answers, in the oath or affirmation or in the conduct of parties, and errors of any kind that might be obviated, removed, or cured if promptly presented, are waived unless seasonable objection is made at the taking of the deposition; and
(c) objections to the form of written questions are waived unless served in writing on the party propounding them within the time allowed for serving the succeeding cross or other questions and within three (3) days after service of the last questions authorized.


HISTORY: Amended by Order 98-3, eff. 3-1-99; prior amendments eff. 9-1-81 (Order 81-5), 1-1-78; adopted eff. 1-1-63
Rules Crim. Proc., Rule 7.20, KY ST RCRP Rule 7.20
Current with amendments received through March 1, 2024. Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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