bill to perpetuate testimonyAn original bill to preserve the testimony of a material witness who may die or leave the jurisdiction before a suit is commenced, or to prevent or avoid future litigation.
¡ª Also termed bill in perpetuam rei memoriam. [Cases: Federal Civil Procedure 1293; Pretrial Procedure 64. C.J.S. Pretrial Procedure ¡ì¡ì 13¨C17, 34.]