eDiscovery services from case management, consultation, to review and trial preparation. GAO Forensic Consultancy utilise eDiscovery experts for managing and reviewing large amounts of data.
What is eDiscovery?
Electronic disclosure (sometimes known as e-discovery) is the electronic aspect of identifying, collecting and producing electronically stored information (ESI) in response to a request for production in a lawsuit or investigation.
ESI includes, but is not limited to information in many forms for example – emails, documents, presentations, databases, voice mail, audio and video files, social media, and websites.
The processes and technologies around eDiscovery services are often complex because of the sheer volume of electronic data produced and stored. Additionally, unlike hard-copy evidence, electronic documents are more dynamic and often contain metadata such as time-date stamps, author and recipient information, and file properties. Preserving the original content and metadata for electronically stored information is required in order to eliminate claims of spoliation or tampering with evidence later in the litigation.
Once eDiscovery services have been identified the data by the parties on both sides of a matter, potentially relevant documents (including both electronic and hard-copy materials which can be scanned) are placed under a legal hold – meaning they cannot be modified, deleted, erased or otherwise destroyed. Potentially relevant data is collected and then extracted, indexed and placed into a database. At this point, data is de-duped, analysed to cull or segregate the clearly non-relevant documents and emails by various means. This usually includes date ranges, custodians, file types etc. The data is then hosted in on a secure document review platform and made accessible to reviewers who will code the documents for relevance to the legal matter.
The use of technology at an early stage will enable you to identify, collect and disclose your documents in an efficient manner without the process being overly complex.