10 E-Discovery Technology Trends That Are Rising to Prominence in 2013
Up until a few years ago, document discovery for litigation purposes was a manual process and the exclusive domain of lawyers, law clerks, judges and other non-IT folks. Not so anymore. Since the advent of search engines for word documents, email, spreadsheets, instant message threads, photos, logs, videos and a score of other file formats, IT has been intimately involved in rounding up evidence for legal cases. Big data storage is also becoming a concern as the sheer amount of business information continues to multiply in storage arrays—whether they are on- or off-premises. With this boundless volume of data, it has become more difficult than ever for legal teams to find all the documents they need to prosecute or defend a case. As a result, the e-discovery sector has introduced new products that can find the correct information in a reasonable amount of time and cut the often-staggering costs of having expensive legal teams sift through files one by one. To gather the information for this slide show, eWEEK, worked with FTI Consulting of West Palm Beach, Fla. FTI Consulting is a global business advisory firm with 3,800 employees in 24 countries on six continents that provides multidisciplinary solutions for complex opportunities.
Partnerships Will Take Lead Roles
Traditionally, the corporation's outside counsel made all of the technology and staffing decisions for e-discovery. Then, with amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) in 2006, combined with increasing cost awareness, the shift began for corporations to take a more team-oriented approach. Going forward, e-discovery management will be a partnership between in-house counsel, outside counsel and service providers to navigate the cost and risk concerns associated with the process.