Section 12-21-1

Production of books, etc., generally - By parties; failure to comply.

(a) The court may, on motion and due notice thereof, require the parties to produce books, documents or writings in their possession, custody, control or power which contain evidence pertinent to the issues.

(b) If the plaintiff or prosecution fails to comply with such order, the court may, on motion, give the like judgment for the defendant as in cases of dismissal; and, if the defendant fails to comply with such order, the court may, on motion, give judgment against him by default.

(Code 1896, §§1859, 1860; Code 1907, §§4058, 4059; Code 1923, §§7774, 7775; Code 1940, T. 7, §§487, 488.)