If a witness is committed for failure to give bail or to appear to testify at a trial or hearing, the court on written motion of the witness and notice to the parties, may direct that his deposition be taken. After the deposition is completed, the court may discharge the witness.
Ohio. Crim. R. 15
Staff Note (July 1, 2012 Amendment)
Prior to amendment, Crim.R. 15(F) authorized the use of a deposition at trial in specified circumstances. In some cases, Crim.R. 15(F) purported to authorize uses that violated the confrontation clause of the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. See, e.g., Earhart v. Konteh (6th Cir. 2001), 269 F.3d 629. The amendment seeks to eliminate that problem by permitting the use of a deposition only when the witness is unavailable as defined in Evid.R..