Litigation cases involve mostly digital files, therefore, you need digital tools. Automation is the name of the game. Period!
Litigation cases are nothing new. What is new, though, is the scale and the costs associated with them. Handled poorly, an eDiscovery case could be the end of a successful company.
The problem is the nature of the files to be reviewed and the scary amount of them. A couple of decades ago everything was on paper. Years later it was kind of both and now it tends to be mostly digital files. Now the electronic document is very popular and for good reasons too:
- Can be instantly shared
- Can be easily copied and multiplied
- Can be tracked by metadata
- Easy to search for them and in them
- Easy to access them, even remotely.
These are things that the good old paper document can only dream about!
A large and recent study published by RAND Corporation indicates that “with more than half of our cases reporting that review consumed at least 70 percent of the total costs of document production, this single area is an obvious target for reducing e-discovery expenditures.”
To put it into perspective, some of the litigation cases start with 2 million files after the collection stage. It could come down to 200, 000 after they have been processed and reviewed in two or three passes but still, a 200K production is overwhelming.
Sure, NUIX and Relativity are the must have in any litigation case that involves digital files. But there are other areas that can be automated, such as uploading, printing, converting, reporting and so on.
One of these custom tools can be wrapped around analytics. It’s the quickest shortcut to the smoking gun, to the needle in the hay stack! The magical formula that you need is actually simple: automation, more automation and analytics.
Addressing these client or case specific needs can simply be done by software developers, in-house or outsourced. These are custom tools that solve a particular problem, perform a particular task, having a real impact in the grand scheme of the eDiscovery exercise.
There are independent legal support and technology service providers that already have custom tools and automate tasks that you still do manually. If you want to stay in the fast line then check out RMCSoft – a team of developers that specialize in automation and eDiscovery tools.