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Art. 1437.  Deposition upon oral examination; when deposition may be taken

After commencement of the action, any party may take the testimony of any person, including a party, by deposition upon oral examination.  Leave of court, granted with or without notice, must be obtained only if the plaintiff seeks to take a deposition prior to the expiration of fifteen days after service of citation upon any defendant, except that leave is not required if a defendant has served a notice of taking deposition or otherwise sought discovery, or if special notice is given as provided in Article 1439.  The attendance of witnesses may be compelled by the use of subpoena as for witnesses in trials.  The deposition of a person confined in prison may be taken only by leave of court on such terms as the court prescribes.

Acts 1976, No. 574, §1.

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