Why electronic disclosure? A guide for litigators

The case is growing for e-disclosure, with increases in search technology and e-disclosure is becoming integral to successful litigation.

Gone are the days of wheeling in boxloads of paperwork to the courtroom. The recent changes in e-disclosure mean that judges are far less likely to look sympathetically on technical points about how sufficient the opposite lawyers’ electronically disclosed documents are likely to be if a good search has been made.

E-disclosure means that files like these in the courtroom could well soon be a thing of the past.

E-disclosure means that files like these in the courtroom could well soon be a thing of the past.

Methodology for electronic disclosure is really important, and it’s as important to use a firm that is used to handling documents.Scanning documents day in, day out, a document management firm will be able to do this with it’s eyes closed. The list of documents that it comes up with, in a  tabular form, will inform the judge that no breach has been made, and that no documents are missing.

It’s important to remember that leaving things too late can be disastrous. Giving your document management company 300 boxes of material to scan when you need them the following week isn’t going to be a way forward for you. Andy from www.pro-doc.co.uk says the e-discovery process needs to be looked at very early on in the proceedings, when clients can be informed of the full likely cost well in advance.

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