Goolsby v. Cate et al
ORDER DENYING Plaintiff's Motion to Take Deposition Using Video/Audio Equipment 103 , signed by Magistrate Judge Dennis L. Beck on 3/20/15: Motion is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. (Hellings, J)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
Case No. 1:11-cv-01773-LJO-DLB
Plaintiff, ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION
TO TAKE DEPOSITION USING
J. GENTRY, et al.,
Plaintiff Thomas Goolsby (“Plaintiff”) is a prisoner in the custody of the California
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (“CDCR”). Plaintiff is proceeding pro se and in
forma pauperis in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This action proceeds
against Defendants Gentry, Noyce, Eubanks, Tyree, Medrano, Holman, Holland and Steadman
for retaliation in violation of the First Amendment.
Plaintiff’s October 17, 2014, motion to compel is pending. Discovery closes on April 16,
2015, and the dispositive motion deadline is May 15, 2015.
On March 16, 2015, Plaintiff filed a motion seeking permission to depose Defendants
using video and/or audio recording equipment instead of a stenographer. Plaintiff states that he
cannot afford the costs associated with a stenographer.
Depositions, regardless of their form, must be conducted before an officer of the court and
must be transcribed by an individual certified to so do. Fed. R. Civ. Proc. 30(b). Plaintiff is
proceeding in forma pauperis, and he states that he does not have the ability to pay for a
stenographer. However, there is no entitlement to take a deposition and to do so, a party must
comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Plaintiff suggests that once the deposition is recorded by video and/or audio mean, he will
mail the tapes to “his family for transcribing.” ECF No. 103, at 2. Again, however, the Court
cannot disregard the requirements as set forth in Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Plaintiff’s motion is therefore DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
March 20, 2015
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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