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With soaring litigation costs, more and more companies are considering bringing e-Discovery in-house to cut the expense of document collection and review.
If such a move is in your future, this means that, instead of relying on outside service providers and consulting firms, you're going to have to form a plan that necessitates close working relationships with people throughout your company.
If you're not sure where to start, FindLaw's Interactive Guide to Electronic Discovery can help.
Based on the Electronic Discovery Reference Model, with the aid of video and text instruction, the e-Discovery guide takes you through the step-by-step requirements of implementing an in-house e-Discovery program.
If you're considering bringing e-Discovery in-house, you should start on the left side of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model: records management and the identification, collection and preservation of information.
Bringing e-Discovery in-house is a collaborative process, requiring cooperation between corporate counsel, information technology, compliance personnel, and anyone who is responsible for storing and retaining records. In the e-Discovery guide, you'll find information on how to gather a team, and how to define each person's role.
The guide will also take you through the identification process--deciding which types of documents to target depending on your needs--as well as will give you some tips on implementing a system that preserves documents and that makes data easily collectable.
If you're willing to undertake the entirety of the discovery process, the guide also covers the processing, review, analysis and production of electronic information.
With the Interactive Guide to Electronic Discovery, bringing e-Discovery in-house just got easier.