eDiscovery in SA - 2018 review to date, Keywords, TAR, LPA, POPIA and all that jazz

There are law firms that have used eDiscovery technology in 2018 for the very first time. There are law firms that, in the past, have chosen not to show interest in eDiscovery technology but, this year, asked for presentations, so that they could “bring ourselves up to date” as one Director of a large law firm told me recently.

eDiscovery in SA - Basic guide to Technology Assisted Review for SA

TAR, or as some say, predictive coding is arguably the most important feature of eDiscovery technology. It has actually been around since 2010 but become more used as the years (and the technology) have progressed. Now in the UK, US and Ireland, that I know of, there have been decided cases advocating or ordering its use in appropriate cases. I also know it is used in other parts of the world but as yet it has not been used in SA to the best of my knowledge and belief. Perhaps that is not surprising given that we do not even have eDiscovery as part of our Uniform Rules but it does not mean that this fantastic technology cannot be used here right now if the case warrants it. 

eDiscovery in SA - Does spoliation and proportionality have any relevance to eDiscovery?

I could begin and end this post very quickly by simply answering the title question, “Probably very little…. at the moment”. However, that would serve little purpose as these two subjects are extremely relevant to eDiscovery elsewhere in the world and therefore should be noted carefully here in SA by law firms, their clients, and service providers alike. 

eDiscovery in SA - Global eDiscovery happenings and in South Africa a new President!

First and foremost I offer my sincerest gratitude to all who read and support my blog, especially those from within SA. The news that my eDiscovery blog had found 54th place in the world was viewed by well over of 1000 of you. Thank you for reading and for all your comments and support.

There is a lot happening around the world on eDiscovery judging by the volume and variety of information which comes across my desktop on a daily basis, far too much to disseminate and provide worthwhile interest to my target market here in South Africa. However, it is always good to see a snapshot of what is happening elsewhere as a kind of precursor to what may, eventually, happen here.

eDiscovery in SA - Blog awarded Top 60 eDiscovery blog

This is the 55th blog post I have written on eDiscovery in SA since May 2015 and this post announces that my blog has just been awarded a place in the Top 60 global eDiscovery blogs by Feedspot. It is ranked 54th in the world at the moment and it is up to me (and you!) to keep it there or even progress it farther up the list.