Our eDiscovery consultants field many questions from our clients. We have noticed that many of the same questions are asked. So, we thought about giving back to the industry that gave us our careers. And that’s how DiscoveryBriefs was born. DiscoveryBriefs is a video channel dedicated to improving the justice system through educational content for the legal community about legal technology and eDiscovery.
It’s easy to find hour-long webinars about legal tech and eDiscovery, but who has time for that? So we thought, “There’s must be a better way!” And DiscoveryBriefs was born: a series of short videos focused on topics we all face in eDiscovery and legal technology. We hope to thread the needle of relevance and usefulness while avoiding the temptations of granularity and generality.
Here’s the first one. We kick it off with an introduction to eDiscovery.
Anyone involved in a lawsuit or a government investigation has or will encounter eDiscovery. So to begin, let’s start with what “discovery” is.
Discovery is the pre-trial procedure in a legal case where parties exchange evidence with the other side. Evidence used to mean boxes and boxes of paper, as well as physical evidence — meaning something that’s tangible.
Now, discovery has expanded to Electronically Stored Information, or ESI. All of your emails, word processing documents, spreadsheets, text messages, and social media posts are ESI. And in a lawsuit or investigation, all of those data sources contain potential evidence — meaning they could be subject to discovery.
And that is where eDiscovery comes in. Ediscovery takes data from its original source and boils it down to the evidence that will prove or disprove the claims in a case. In this process, data is identified, collected, processed, reviewed by attorneys, and then produced to the other side as part of the evidence exchange.
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About The Author
Kinny Chan, Chief Strategy Officer
Kinny Chan (@kinnychan) is the Chief Strategy Officer at Precision Discovery. He is a lawyer and eDiscovery enthusiast. He enjoys taking complex challenges and explaining them in simple and understandable terms. He is inspired by the intersection between technology, business and the law.
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