From Whom No Secrets are Hid, 76 Texas L.Rev. 1665 (1998)
The title of this contribution to the Charles Alan Wright festschrift is
taken, as some will recognize, from the version of the Collect for Purity
from the Book of Common Prayer used in the Episcopal Church, of which
Professor Wright has been a life-long, devoted member. The title is thus
appropriate personally for Professor Wright. The title is also topically
appropriate because it states epigrammatically the policy of discovery under
the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which is the subject of this Paper.
In the Collect, the Personage from whom no secrets are hid is, of course,
God. The phrase reminds supplicants that the matters under confession are
already known to the Addressee.
The basic policy in the Federal Rules is that this same openness should
apply as between opposing litigants.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Hazard, Geoffrey C. Jr., "From Whom No Secrets are Hid" (1998). Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 2360.