Local Rule 7030. DEPOSITIONS UPON ORAL EXAMINATION

(a) Commencement of discovery. Unless the court orders otherwise, the parties to an action exempted by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1)(B) or by order obtained under LR 7026(b)(1) may begin discovery on commencement of the action.

(b) Commencement of discovery by deposition.

(1) Normally, depositions may be taken without leave of court in an action exempted by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1)(B) or by order obtained under LR 7026(b)(1). But if the plaintiff seeks to take the deposition within thirty (30) days after service of the summons and complaint, court approval is required. However, if a defendant in the adversary proceeding has served a notice of taking deposition or otherwise sought discovery, leave of court is not required.

(2) Depositions may be taken without leave of court unless the party in an adversary proceeding seeks to take a deposition before the parties confer in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f).

(c) Requirements for transcripts. Unless the parties stipulate or the court orders otherwise, depositions must be recorded by stenographic means.