California has adopted what has been the long standing federal rule of limiting the time for a deposition to seven (7) hours. http://ow.ly/ihFBJ
While I would have to admit to have taken, and defended, more than a couple of five (5) day depositions, in truth, I did not learn anything more in five days than I could have learned in five hours if I approached the examination in a calculated and expeditious way. Indeed, in the last many years I have tended to take fairly quick, cut to the heart of it, depositions, which prove to be as revealing or more as any of the long, grinding, detail by detail, minutia dissecting exams that were so prevalent many years ago, and which survive today mostly by lawyers who are either ill-prepared, or who need to bill a case hard, or both. Cutting to the chase can be beneficial to all sides and participants in most civil cases.