Research guides

Depositions

Pennsylvania

The following resources focus on depositions in Pennsylvania courts.

For depositions in federal courts, see the Federal page of this guide. For resources that offer a broader, non-jurisdictional, focus, see the General page of this guide.

Court Rules

Court rules often outline the procedures surrounding depositions. The following rules focus on depositions and discovery in Pennsylvania civil procedure. Please note that additional rules may also apply.

Pa.R.C.P. Chapter 4000: Depositions and Discovery

It may also be beneficial to look at the local county court rules. For how to access county court rules, see the Pennsylvania Court Rules - County guide.

Research Tip

For additional places to find Pennsylvania Court Rules, including in print and on the library's Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloombeg Law computers, see the Pennsylvania Court Rules - State guide.

Forms

The following resources include sample forms related to Pennsylvania depositions. The resources in the Member Databases, Onsite Print & Electronic, and PBI Publications sections of this page may also include forms.

Dunlap-Hanna Pennsylvania Forms LexisNexis
Also on the library's Lexis computers.
See Chapter 146: Depositions and Discovery.

PA Legal Forms
Includes select forms related to depositions, including "Motion for Protective Order against Trial Deposition", "Notice to Take Deposition - Discovery", "Sample Letter for Correction to Deposition", and "Sample Letter for Estate Deposition".

West's Pennsylvania Forms West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See "Civil Procedure", Chapter 42: Depositions.

Member Databases

The following member databases include information related to depositions in Pennsylvania courts. Members must be logged in to jenkinslaw.org to access these databases. These databases are also available in the library.

PA Legal Forms
Includes select forms related to depositions, including "Motion for Protective Order against Trial Deposition", "Notice to Take Deposition - Discovery", "Sample Letter for Correction to Deposition", and "Sample Letter for Estate Deposition".

Pennsylvania Law Encyclopedia
Available on the LexisNexis Digital Library. See "Discovery and Depositions", Chapter 4: Deposition Proceedings and Chapter 5: Use of Depositions (found in vol. 21).
Also on the library's Lexis computers and in print.

Onsite Print & Electronic

The following print resources include information related to depositions in Pennsylvania courts. Some resources published by LexisNexis and West/Thomson Reuters may be available on the library's Lexis and Westlaw computers. See below for more information.

Dunlap-Hanna Pennsylvania Forms LexisNexis
Also on the library's Lexis computers.
See Chapter 146: Depositions and Discovery.

Goodrich-Amram 2d: Procedural Rules Service, with Forms West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Depositions and Discovery (Rules 4001-4025). Library also has previous edition: see all.

Pennsylvania Discovery Lawsource Bisel
See Chapter 3: Depositions.

Pennsylvania Discovery Practice West/Thomson Reuters
Also available on the library's Westlaw computers.
See chapters 7-12. Additional information regarding depositions may also be found in other chapters. Consult the index and table of contents for more information.

Pennsylvania Law Encyclopedia LexisNexis
Also on the library's Lexis computers and the LexisNexis Digital Library.
See "Discovery and Depositions", Chapter 4: Deposition Proceedings and Chapter 5: Use of Depositions. Library also has previous edition: see all.

Standard Pennsylvania Practice 2d West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See Chapter 34: Discovery and Depositions, Generally. Library also has previous edition: see all.

West's Pennsylvania Forms West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.
See "Civil Procedure", Chapter 42: Depositions.

PBI Publications

PBI Publications are designed around the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's continuing legal education courses. When a researcher has difficulty finding an answer in the manuals or form books, it is a good idea to turn to a PBI publication for guidance.

The A to Z of Civil Depositions in Pennsylvania
Includes forms.

Taking & Defending Depositions

Trying a Case in State Court: From Start to Finish
See Chapter 2, Section 3: The Deposition of a Client.

Young and Old, Fresh and Experienced: How to Take Winning Depositions from Two Perspectives

Research Tip

Subject specific PBI and NBI publications also include chapters on depositions. Search the Jenkins' catalog for deposition* and limit to the Pennsylvania Collection for additional resources.