It has certainly been a while since eDiscovery has become an indispensable part of litigation. There are noticeable trends that eDiscovery litigation has brought with its growth. Here are a few of them:
· Owing to advanced eDiscovery capabilties, litigators can now enter into cost benefit analysis early on in the eDiscovery process.
· Electronic documents, including images, placed online on a secured database grant everyone associated with the case access to these files. This reduces the number of copies made of these files/documents, thus ensuring money is saved on every copy.
· With eDiscovery litigation support, determination of documents relevant to the case has become quicker, ensuring that billable hours are considerably reduced.
· Even as the case progresses, eDiscovery helps ensure that all evidence is in a secure and convenient online file. The costs incurred while doing so are generally passed on to the client.
· With the brisk growth rate of electronically stored information, companies wrestle with risks to information from fresh sources like cloud computing, virtualization, etc. It is possible that to test this litigators will need to see if eDiscovery litigation support software can be effective and can ensure that data is efficiently searchable in the cloud.
· With the increase in the use of eDiscovery for litigation, there will be IT evaluations that will review the effect of new technologies on eDiscovery processes.
· Because of the increased usage of eDiscovery IT/Legal, the role of liaison has been considered separate,with budgets allocated for it specifically.
· The ability to mix well with technology yet also be a cost-effective solution will be something most law firms will continue to seek in an eDiscovery tool. This is perhaps an ongoing trend.
· eDiscovery platforms should ensure quality each time. Be it for processing needs or documentation requirements, the onus is on the platform to be defensible.
· Another important aspect that perhaps will be stressed even more is the ability of the tool to preserve data in such a manner that it eventually reduces the amount of documents needing to be reviewed.
· Litigation support professionals would eventually train themselves in IT tools and techniques to maximize their support to their clients.
These are just a few trends that we will continue to see in the field of eDiscovery and its growth .So here's to greater discovery in the e-discovery process!