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Revised as of October 26, 2020
Goto Year:2020 |
§ 1.311 General.
Link to an amendment published at 85 FR 63180 , Oct. 6, 2020.
Sections 1.311 through 1.325 provide for taking the deposition of any
person (including a party), for interrogatories to parties, and for
orders to parties relating to the production of documents and things
and for entry upon real property. These procedures may be used for the
discovery of relevant facts, for the production and preservation of
evidence for use at the hearing, or for both purposes.
(a) Applicability. For purposes of discovery, these proecdures may be
used in any case of adjudication (as defined in the Administrative
Procedure Act) which has been designated for hearing. For the
preservation of evidence, they may be used in any case which has been
designated for hearing and is conducted under the provisions of this
subpart (see § 1.201).
(b) Scope of examination. Persons and parties may be examined regarding
any matter, not privileged, which is relevant to the hearing issues,
including the existence, description, nature, custody, condition and
location of any books, documents, or other tangible things and the
identity and location of persons having knowledge of relevant facts. It
is not ground for objection to use of these procedures that the
testimony will be inadmissible at the hearing if the testimony sought
appears reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible
evidence. The use of these procedures against the Commission is subject
to the following additional limitations:
(1) The informer's privilege shall encompass information which may lead
to the disclosure of an informer's identity.
(2) Commission personnel may not be questioned by deposition for the
purposes of discovery except on special order of the Commission, but
may be questioned by written interrogatories under § 1.323.
Interrogatories shall be served on the appropriate Bureau Chief (see
§ 1.21(b)). They will be answered and signed by those personnel with
knowledge of the facts. The answers will be served by the Secretary of
the Commission upon parties to the proceeding.
(3) Commission records are not subject to discovery under § 1.325. The
inspection of Commission records is governed by the Freedom of
Information Act, as amended, and by § § 0.451 through 0.467 of this
chapter. Commission employees may be questioned by written
interrogatories regarding the existence, nature, description, custody,
condition and location of Commission records, but may not be questioned
concerning their contents unless the records are available (or are made
available) for inspection under § § 0.451 through 0.467. See § 0.451(b)(5)
of this chapter.
(4) Subject to paragraphs (b) (1) through (3) of this section,
Commission personnel may be questioned generally by written
interrogatories regarding the existence, description, nature, custody,
condition and location of relevant documents and things and regarding
the identity and location of persons having knowledge of relevant
facts, and may otherwise only be examined regarding facts of the case
as to which they have direct personal knowledge.
(c) Schedule for use of the procedures. (1) In comparative broadcast
proceedings involving applicants for only new facilities, discovery
commences with the release of the hearing designation order, and, in
routine cases, the discovery phase of the proceeding will be conducted
in a manner intended to conclude that portion of the case within 90
days of the release of the designation order.
(2) In all other proceedings, except as provided by special order of
the presiding officer, discovery may be initiated before or after the
prehearing conference provided for in § 1.248 of this part.
(3) In all proceedings, the presiding officer may at any time order the
parties or their attorneys to appear at a conference to consider the
proper use of these procedures, the time to be allowed for such use,
and/or to hear agrument and render a ruling on disputes that arise
under these rules.
(d) Who shall act. Actions provided for in § § 1.311 through 1.325 will,
in most cases, be taken by the officer designated to preside at the
hearing (see § 1.241). If the proceeding, or a particular matter to
which the action relates, is before the Commission, a commissioner or
panel of commissioners, or the Chief Administrative Law Judge, the
action will be taken by such officer or body. The term presiding
officer, as used in § § 1.311 through 1.325 shall be understood to refer
to the appropriate officer or body. See § § 0.341, 0.351, 0.365, and
1.271 of this chapter.
(e) Stipulations regarding the taking of depositions. If all of the
parties so stipulate in writing and if there is no interference to the
conduct of the proceeding, depositions may be taken before any person,
at any time (subject to the limitation below) or place, upon any notice
and in any manner, and when so taken may be used like other
depositions. An original and one copy of the stipulation shall be filed
with the Secretary of the Commission, and a copy of the stipulation
shall be served on the presiding officer, at least 3 days before the
scheduled taking of the deposition.
[ 33 FR 463 , Jan. 12, 1968, as amended at 40 FR 39509 , Aug. 28, 1975; 47 FR 51873 , Nov. 18, 1982; 56 FR 794 , Jan. 9, 1991; 62 FR 4171 , Jan. 29,
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