Electronic discovery (sometimes known as e-discovery, ediscovery, eDiscovery, or e-Discovery) is the electronic aspect of identifying, collecting and producing electronically stored information (ESI) in response to a request for production in a law suit or investigation. ESI includes, but is not limited to, emails, documents, presentations, databases, voicemail, audio and video files, social media, and web site.
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Discovery is the term used for the initial phase of litigation where the parties in a dispute are required to provide each other relevant information and records, along with all other evidence related to the case.
What are the features of eDiscovery solutions?
There are a number of key components that you’ll find in the best eDiscovery software.
- Integration with existing systems
for the enterprise, connecting an eDiscovery solution to their existing content management system enables seamless eDiscovery at the source, minimizing risks associated with handling sensitive data.
- Integrated advanced analytics
Keyword search and filtering on document attributes like MIME type, modified date, created data, owner, etc. are foundational tools for eDiscovery. They must be powerful, intuitive, and flexible.
- Integrated data visualizations
Understanding the relationships between thousands of emails is a daunting task without an interactive communications map. The best eDiscovery solutions will map out sender/receiver patterns in addition to visualizing other key metadata attributes like activity over time.
- Integrated predictive coding and machine learning
Predictive coding (otherwise known as technology-assisted review or TAR) brings AI to legal review, sweeping broad datasets and suggesting potentially relevant ESI based on prior learning. Predictive coding has been widely accepted and approved in courts around the world.
- Integrated redaction and production capability
Confidential or otherwise sensitive/personal data is frequent in eDiscovery. Such information needs to be redacted before being produced in an industry-standard output.
What is the process of e-Discovery
The e-Discovery process has to start with the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM).The EDRM features nine distinct e-Discovery “stages” connected by arrows to indicate the sequential and iterative nature of e-discovery activities.Data can be in multiple phases of the EDRM simultaneously and steps are often repeated multiple times. Further, instead of a single project, corporations and their outside counsel may have a portfolio of projects going on at the same time, all in different phases of the EDRM.
Information Governance – Getting your electronic house in order to mitigate risk & expenses should e-discovery become an issue, from initial creation of ESI (electronically stored information) through its final disposition.
Identification – Locating potential sources of ESI & determining its scope, breadth & depth.
Preservation – Ensuring that ESI is protected against inappropriate alteration or destruction.
Collection – Gathering ESI for further use in the e-discovery process (processing, review, etc.).
Processing – Reducing the volume of ESI and converting it, if necessary, to forms more suitable for review & analysis.
Review – Determine the data’s e-discovery relevance.
Analysis – Evaluating ESI for content & context, including key patterns, topics, people & discussion.
Production – Deliver the ESI to relevant parties.
Presentation — Displaying ESI before audiences (at depositions, hearings, trials, etc.), especially in native and near-native forms, to elicit further information, validate existing facts or positions, or persuade and audience.