A Short History of Discovery

@article{Goldstein1981ASH,
  title={A Short History of Discovery},
  author={Alan K. Goldstein},
  journal={Common Law World Review},
  year={1981},
  volume={10},
  pages={257 - 270}
}
Modern discovery practice, the process through which a litigant gains pretrial information upon the oath of his adversary, is central to the just and efficient resolution of a lawsuit. The use of interrogatories, requests to admit, and other discovery tools preserves relevant information, narrows the area of dispute, and promotes settlement. Liberal use of discovery, and its importance in litigation, date largely from the mid-nineteenth century; but the origins of discovery in the jurisprudence… 
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