A modern e-discovery readiness program relies upon written policies, processes, procedures and guidelines to promote predictability, consistency and measurability. Written governance increases efficiency and defensibility when infused into the design of a discovery model, while decreasing costs and eliminating wasteful redundancies. The fourth of a six-part series, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 can also be found on InsideCounsel.com.
E-discovery as a practice area has increasingly specialized in the effort to keep up with advancements in business and communication technologies. Vendors herald breakthroughs in document processing virtually daily. Courts are constantly tweaking existing law to apply to new situations. Federal and state discovery rules are regularly under review for possible amendment. Even legal ethics now require lawyers to develop familiarity with relevant technologies that may affect their clients.