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Chapter 3.3. Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board

Article 3. Prehearing Procedure Discovery, and Motions

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§372.3. Deposition.

(a) The Appeals Board or a party to the proceeding may cause the deposition of a person to be taken. At the request of a party, the Appeals Board may issue a subpoena re deposition and subpoena duces tecum re deposition to compel the person to appear for deposition, and to produce books, documents, or other things. Compliance with the provisions of Section 1985 of the Code of Civil Procedure shall be a condition precedent to the issuance of a subpoena duces tecum re deposition.

(b) When a person resides outside the state, the Appeals Board, if requested by a party to the proceeding, shall attempt, when possible, to have a like agency in the other state take the deposition.

(c) A person who is subpoenaed and required to give a deposition is entitled to receive the same witness fees and mileage as if the subpoena required the person to attend and testify at the hearing. See Section 382 for amount of witness fees and mileage.

(d) No person is obligated to attend at a place out of the county of residence unless the distance is less than 75 miles from the place of residence except that the Appeals Board, upon affidavit or declaration of a party showing good cause, may endorse on the subpoena re deposition an order requiring the attendance of such person.

(e) Depositions shall be noticed, taken, filed, and used in the manner prescribed by Article 3 (commencing with Section 2016) of Chapter 3 of Title 3 of Part 4 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

(f) Upon timely motion of a party or the person to be examined or notified to produce books, documents, or other things, or upon its own motion, after notice to the parties and an opportunity to be heard, upon a showing of good cause, the Appeals Board may order that the deposition not be taken, or that it may be taken only at some designated time or place other than stated in the notice of taking deposition or subpoena, or that the deposition may be taken outside the county of residence of the person to be examined and at a place more than 150 miles from the place of residence, or that certain matters shall not be inquired into, or that the scope of the examination shall be limited to certain matters, books, documents, or other things, or that the confidentiality of evidence described at Section 376.6(a) be appropriately protected. In addition, the Appeals Board may make any other order as may be appropriate to protect a party or person from unreasonable or oppressive demands.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 148.7 and 149.5, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 1985, 1987.5 and 2016-2036, Code of Civil Procedure; Sections 11181, 11184, 68093, 68097.1 and 68097.2, Government Code; and Sections 148.7, 148.8, 149.5 and 6613, Labor Code.


1. Change without regulatory effect of subsections (c) and (d) filed 6-23-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 26).

2. Amendment of subsection (c) and Note filed 6-23-97; operative 7-1-97 (Register 97, No. 26). This interim regulation is exempt from most of the procedural requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (specifically, from Articles 5 and 6 of Chapter 3.5, Division 3, Title 2, Government Code) and from review by the Office of Administrative Law pursuant to Government Code sections 11400.20 and 11400.21 and will expire on December 31, 1998, unless earlier terminated or replaced by, or readopted as, permanent following the procedures of the Administrative Procedure Act.

3. Permanent adoption of amended subsection (c) and Note filed 7-11-97; operative 7-11-97 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 97, No. 28).

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