GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNS LAW LIMITING DURATION OF CALIFORNIA DEPOSITIONS, BUT LAW HAS MANY EXCEPTIONS
AB 1875 by Assemblymember Gatto will go into effect January 1. In summary the law adds Section 2025.290 to the Code of Civil Procedure. The new law says that, unless ordered by the court, a deposition in a civil case shall be limited to one day of seven hours. The new law specifies that the court shall allow additional time if needed to fairly examine the deponent or if the deponent, another person, or any other circumstance impedes or delays the examination.
Please note that there are several exceptions, i.e., by stipulation, if the witness is an expert, or if the civil case is designated as a “complex” case.