Surveys show that 80% of the world’s population is now mobile, with digital devices outnumbering people. This staggering statistic means nearly every case now involves electronically stored information (ESI) in some way, shape, or form. While the discovery process for ESI has been around for years, many litigators still can’t provide a coherent answer to the question, “What is eDiscovery?” With eDiscovery playing a large role in many cases, it is important for attorneys to have a functional understanding of what it entails.
What is the eDiscovery Process?
Much like traditional discovery, eDiscovery is a multi-step process by which information is sought, located, secured, and/or searched with the intent of using it as evidence in a criminal or civil case. The only difference is that this information is in an electronic format. There are still strict rules governing how this ESI can be gathered and stored, and to ignore such protocols is to risk spoliation.
eDiscovery consists of three main steps: collection, processing, and review. During collection it is important to make a forensic copy, ensuring important data isn’t overwritten or damaged.
The second step is the most important and where considerable time and cost savings can be achieved. With eDiscovery managed services from Precise, ESI can be rapidly ingested and produced. This greatly decreases the cost of review with the added bonus of helping you quickly identify case strategy.
Review is often when legal teams reach out for eDiscovery help. However, without proper processing procedures, the data sets can be extremely large. That is why review is often the most expensive and time-consuming phase of eDiscovery. Partnering with Precise from the start can help you save time and money while streamlining your case preparation.
What is eDiscovery Managed Services?
In the last 10 years eDiscovery has evolved from requiring multiple software platforms to consolidated, end-to-end solutions. Meanwhile, data production has increased exponentially, leaving many law firms overwhelmed by mountains of data and staggering eDiscovery bills. With eDiscovery managed services, Pittsburgh attorneys are able to significantly reduce eDiscovery expenses while benefitting from streamlined processes and workflows. Our managed services packages come in a variety of sizes to accommodate any size firm. Predictable billing allows you to give your clients an expected monthly expense and avoid surprise bills.
For More Answers, Call the eDiscovery Experts
No matter the size of your firm or case, Precise has the tools and resources you need to succeed. From eDiscovery managed services to digital forensics investigations, our experts are there when you need them. Call us today at 866-277-3247 to learn more about our services.