Discovery in a New World


Paper vs Electronic Documents

Since 2006 the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure require producing not just paper but all electronic documents and data for trial. Defendants and their counsel must carry out this duty to preserve and provide electronically stored information (ESI), or face penalties from the court. Producing ESI files in discovery obviously can be time-consuming and expensive, which inevitably is the opening for cost-saving from computer technology.

E-Discovery Software

Electronic discovery (e-discovery) software can analyze documents required for litigation discovery in a fraction of the time for a fraction of the cost when compared to using lawyers for the task. Some programs not only find documents with relevant terms at high speed, they can extract relevant concepts and deduce patterns that would have eluded lawyers examining paper copies.

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