Q: Is Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act (“UIDDA”), effective in Puerto Rico? Can it be used to depo someone?
A: Uniform acts such as UIDDA are not self executing. As a rule, a state's legislature must adopt the act by way of local legislation. That being said, depositions from a Florida state civil case can be taken on residents in Puerto Rico. However the deposition must follow the Puerto Rico Rules of Civil Procedures, particularly regarding the presence of an attorney-notary authorized to practice notary law in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to notarize the deposition transcript.
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