At common law depositions were admissible in evidence in ecclesiastical and equity courts but not in trials at law unless both parties consented. Today, the simple rules of the common law in this area have been entirely replaced by statutory law and Rules of Court. The recent Virginia case of King v. InternationalHarvester Co. is illustrative of the problems en- countered when courts have undertaken judicial interpretation of these codifications.
Pretrial Discovery- Use of a Party's Own Deposition,
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