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New York State Supreme Court of Judicature (Utica) Testimony Taken Conditionally

Held by the New York State Archives


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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
These records contain testimony that was taken conditionally (de bene esse) from a material witness who was a transient or a non-resident or who was unable to testify at a trial because of illness. In such instances a party to an action applied for an order allowing a deposition to be taken. The affidavit specifies the nature of the action, the plaintiff's demand, the name and address of the witness, and the reason he cannot appear at the trial.
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0.4 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1833-1846
Series Number:
J0151

Scope and Content Note

Testimony was taken conditionally (de bene esse) from a material witness who was a transient or a non-resident or who was unable to testify at a trial because of illness. In such instances a party to an action applied to a Supreme Court or a Supreme Court Commissioner for an order allowing a deposition to be taken.

The affidavit specifies the nature of the action, the plaintiff's demand, the name and address of the witness, and the reason he cannot appear at the trial. The order allowing the testimony to be taken is subscribed to the affidavit; it requires the attorney for the opposing party to attend the examination of the witness after due notice is given. Attached to the affidavit and order is the deposition of the witness recounting the facts pertinent to the cause. The office or offices in which they were filed is uncertain, but at least some were filed at Utica.

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Custodial History

The Court of Appeals placed these records on deposit at the Historic Documents Collection, Queens College, from 1973-1982.

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