SECTION 1. Massachusetts Rule of Civil Procedure Rule 30 entitled Depositions Upon Oral Examination is hereby amended by striking part of the first sentence in section (b)4 which states, “By leave of court upon motion with notice and an opportunity to be heard in opposition, or by stipulation in writing of all parties, a party taking an oral deposition may have the testimony recorded by other than stenographic means as provided in Rule 30A”, and inserting the following language:-
A party taking an oral deposition may have the testimony recorded by other than stenographic means as provided in Rule 30(A).
SECTION 2. Said Rule 30 is hereby further amended by deleting the following words from the next sentence: “The stipulation or order shall designate the person before whom the deposition shall be taken,” and inserting in its place the following language:-
The parties by stipulation or an order of the Court may designate the person before whom the deposition shall be taken….
SECTION 3. Massachusetts Rule of Civil Procedure 30A entitled Audiovisual Depositions and Audiovisual Evidence is hereby amended by deleting the following language from section 30A(a) on line 1: “By leave of court upon motion with notice and an opportunity to be heard in opposition, or by stipulation of all parties, a”, and inserting the word “Any”.
SECTION 4. Said Rule 30(A) is further amended by striking the first sentence of Rule 30A(b) which states: “ Except by leave of Court, granted after notice and opportunity to be heard in opposition, a notice for the taking of an audio-visual deposition shall not be served sooner than six (6)”.
SECTION 5. Said Rule 30A is further amended by adding the following sentence at Rule 30(A)(l): “The party opting to record the deposition by audio-visual means shall bear the entire cost of such recording.”
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