Rule 39. Depositions and discovery
(a) Depositions and discovery shall be had in the Territorial Court of
the Virgin Islands, pursuant to the provisions of Rules 26 to 37, inclusive of
the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. All references in the aforesaid Rules 26
to 37, inclusive to "Court", "District Court", or
"U.S. District Court" shall be deemed a reference under this rule to
the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands.
(b) Conduct of Counsel during deposition. Counsel shall refrain
from any conduct, including but not limited to the following, which impedes,
delays or otherwise frustrates the fair and reasonable examination of the
1. Coaching the deponent by objecting in any manner other than by stating
the objection for the record and briefly describing its basis.
2. Directing the deponent not to answer any question posed unless the
question calls for privileged information.
3. Leading the deponent with respect to times, dates, documents,
Any failure by counsel to refrain from engaging in the conduct herein
could result in the imposition of appropriate sanctions by the Court upon
motion of opposing counsel.--Added Apr. 9, 1970; amended May 12, 1998.
Former rule. Former Rule 39 related to interrogatories and was
repealed by order of the District Court, dated April 9, 1970.
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