Being able to perform eDiscovery document review successfully is crucial to the outcome of your case. With document review technology reaching new levels of efficiency, courts are holding litigants to a higher standard of review. By having a solid understanding of the basics of eDiscovery document review, Philadelphia attorneys can improve their effectiveness inside and outside the courtroom.
What is eDiscovery Document Review?
Review is the third step of the eDiscovery process, following the collection and processing of electronically stored information (ESI). During this step, the collected documents and data are reviewed to determine which are truly relevant to the litigation, responsive to document requests, and will be turned over to the opposing party. Review is the single most important aspect of eDiscovery, but is also the most time consuming and costly, often accounting for 70-80% of all eDiscovery costs.
How Can I Reduce eDiscovery Review Costs?
As the amount of electronic data produced grows exponentially, eDiscovery managed services are proven to be a time- and cost-effective way to streamline the process and lower costs. With a variety of service packages available, you can adjust to meet your changing needs and still provide your clients with a predictable monthly expense. By incorporating managed services from the beginning, you start the review process with small, relevant subsets of data. This helps speed up review and can reduce your overall eDiscovery expenses by up to 50%.
What is Data Culling and How Does it Help the Review Process?
Data culling occurs just before review, and is the process of searching and isolating data based on specific criteria, such as date ranges and keywords. This helps to remove as many irrelevant documents from the collection as possible before process and review, lessening costs and time spent on review. The are three main types of data culling, and they all perform different roles:
- DeNISTing removes “junk” data such as program and system files that do not contain user-generated data, and file formats that generally hold no evidentiary value.
- Deduping identifies and separates duplicate documents and emails, either across custodians or within a single custodian only.
- Search terms find relevant documents, but it is important to use terms that are as unique as possible to maximize the number of potentially responsive documents they will find.
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