criminal process, criminal discovery, witness statements, police reports, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, Arkansas Rules of Criminal Procedure


“[T]he quest for better justice is a ceaseless quest, that the single constant for our profession is the need for continuous examination and reexamination of our premises as to what law should do to achieve better justice.” From time to time, it is important that we take stock of our legal surroundings and ask ourselves if our procedures are still properly serving us, or if there is need for change and improvement. In this Article, I argue that the time has come for Arkansas to provide the criminal defense bar with the affirmative power to conduct discovery depositions. Arkansas criminal defendants currently proceed largely in the dark with light only being shed on the case as the prosecutor chooses to provide material to the defense.