Videotaped depositions: Use. A court may allow a videotaped deposition to be used instead of the deponentís testimony at trial only if:
1. In the case of a victim of sexual abuse, as that term is defined in NRS 432B.100:
(a) Before the deposition is taken, a hearing is held by a justice of the peace or district judge who finds that:
(1) The use of the videotaped deposition in lieu of testimony at trial is necessary to protect the welfare of the victim; and
(2) The presence of the accused at trial would inflict trauma, more than minimal in degree, upon the victim; and
(b) At the time a party seeks to use the deposition, the court determines that the conditions set forth in subparagraphs (1) and (2) of paragraph (a) continue to exist. The court may hold a hearing before the use of the deposition to make its determination.
2. In all cases:
(a) A justice of the peace or district judge presides over the taking of the deposition;
(b) The accused is able to hear and see the proceedings;
(c) The accused is represented by counsel who, if physically separated from the accused, is able to communicate orally with him by electronic means;
(d) The accused is given an adequate opportunity to cross-examine the deponent subject to the protection of the deponent deemed necessary by the court; and
(e) The deponent testifies under oath.
Last modified: February 25, 2006