Friday, February 10, 2012

E-Discovery – 7th Circuit Pilot Program

This article from Law Technology News discusses an e-discovery program in the 7th Circuit and the impact it could have on other jurisdictions. 

"The abundance of electronic information now available makes it more important than ever that litigators understand how to prepare their clients for e-discovery without letting prohibitive costs influence their clients' litigation decisions. Judges and lawyers in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals understand this predicament and have taken preventive action by drafting e-discovery principles and implementing them, on a test basis, in hundreds of pending cases in the 7th Circuit."

The participating judges report that they have seen increased cooperation among parties, more meaningful attempts to resolve discovery disputes, and more attention to clients’ data.

The 7th Circuit program may serve as a template for programs in other jurisdictions.  More information can be found here.


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