Every country that has adopted eDiscovery into its civil procedure rules has found the support of a Judge or a number of Judges. Indeed in many jurisdictions, members of the judiciary have been drivers or extremely instrumental in the changes. We have not had that luxury or benefit here in SA, relying solely on committees or sub-committees within the Rules Board, which are, at best, part time people who meet infrequently.
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.
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.
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.
My passion, knowledge and experience has been driven to move us along this road and perhaps for the first time, I see the clearest examples of the real birth of eDiscovery in SA.
As far as I know there has never been a decided case anywhere in the world on this which says a great deal. Indeed if taken to an illogical conclusion then there would be no outsourcing anywhere at all!
Social Media in terms of discovery for litigation, investigations, competition cases and, of course criminal investigations is a huge, huge topic - arguably one of the biggest in our industry at the moment.
Because reviewing documents is by far the major cost of any case, lawyersmust look at all the methods available to make the review efficient and must always bear in mind that important word - proportionality.