Court fees are different than out of court fees. Depositions are out of court fees and those are not covered by the fee waivers for the jury or any court associated fees for a pro se litigant. Thus, if you want depositions, I am afraid you have to pay for the court reporter to take those depositions and if you cannot afford depositions, then you have to subpoena the witnesses to trial and just have them testify in trial without depositions.
Unfortunately, very little in civil cases is accessible to litigants who cannot afford representation. The only provisions in the rules and the laws is the court can waive court type fees such as filing fees and court transcript fees and appeals fees and jury fees. This is the only power the court has. Any other costs associated with their cases for outside of court activities are the liability of the litigants and the court cannot waive those.
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