Bates-number meaning

(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.
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To stamp or label documents with Bates numbers.

2006, Robert J. MacPherson, Buckner Hinkle, W. Alexander Moseley, Discovery deskbook for construction disputes, p. 73.

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Origin of bates-number

  • Derived from Bates, the surname of the inventor of the first serial number-stamping machine.

    From Wiktionary