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Read and Sign Requirements

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Rule 30(e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerns the reading and signing of a transcript by a witness in a federal case. It states that, "If requested by the deponent or a party before completion of the deposition, the deponent shall have 30 days after being notified by the officer that the transcript or recording is available in which to review, and, if there are changes to form or substance, to sign a statement reciting such changes and the reasons given by the deponent for making them." The rule does not specify where a transcript must be read or signed.

Many states base their rules on the federal rules of civil procedure. In some states, such as Ohio, South Dakota, and Vermont, there are rules on how quickly the transcript must be returned. In others, the witness must go to the reporter's office to read and sign the transcript, unless arranged otherwise at the time of the deposition. In Arizona, the court determines where the transcript should be signed. Deponents in Louisiana can sign at their place of business or at their home.

Review your state rules of civil procedure to ensure you have a full understanding of the read and sign requirements in your jurisdiction.