(law) A number affixed to a document indicating its number in a series of documents, usually with respect to evidentiary documents being provided to the other party in a legal proceeding.
To stamp or label documents with Bates numbers.
2006, Robert J. MacPherson, Buckner Hinkle, W. Alexander Moseley, Discovery deskbook for construction disputes, p. 73.
Origin of bates-number
- Derived from Bates, the surname of the inventor of the first serial number-stamping machine.