If you’ve visited the Sherpa blog in the past, you know that we have a special place in our hearts for electronic data discovery (or e-discovery, for short). In the corporate world – a world in which towering file cabinets and manila folders have been largely supplanted by vast databases of computerized files and documents – e-discovery means efficiency, accountability, and last (but certainly not least), feasibility. While discovery management as an overarching responsibility remains challenging, technology advancements have made the task a bearable one. In the mundane, day-to-day operations of a company, these things can lie dormant. But what happens when the same company is faced with litigation? You guessed it; the best features of e-discovery software shine more brightly than ever.
Although e-discovery software is merely a subset of litigation support software, its importance to a smooth legal process (as smooth as a legal process can be) should not be underestimated. In fact, reliable e-discovery software makes the record and evidence retrieval process more manageable for all parties involved. Let’s take a closer look at some of the implications of e-discovery for both prosecutors and defendants.
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With the ability to search by exact word or phrase through pre-disclosed company emails, accounting records, what you have, the task of locating pertinent case information quickly is perfectly feasible. This can be beneficial to both the prosecuting and defending attorneys when pointing out the discrepancies or validity of a given testimony. Having the ability to do so (often on the fly) is a tremendous advantage of this era. Imagine having to comb through drawers of unorganized files searching for a document that might confirm or negate an individual’s piece. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
The question of whether or not a company will be involved in a corporate lawsuit has shifted from ‘if’ to ‘when’. As litigation becomes common place across all industries, it is vital companies exemplify the utmost accountability when it comes to their electronically stored information (ESI). While the litigation support services are many, there is no better first step than to implement firm procedures and have reliable electronic data discovery software in place to carry out those procedures.
When a set of legal documents is requested as a part of the evidence to be shown at trial, this software makes the search process an easy one, allowing users to pinpoint specific files or records. This helps companies to maintain a high standard of legal compliance and accountability when such document requests are filed.
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