In the early days of eDiscovery, many litigation teams gravitated toward a “collect everything” approach in order to minimize the risks of evidentiary compliance errors, some of which had led to well-documented judicial sanctions. However, we all quickly learned the flipside of this approach: huge volumes of data being sent out for processing and review, which triggered runaway costs to clients.
As a result, litigation professionals have now embraced the “pre-search” step of filtering the initial data set down to a more manageable size. Filtering data in the early stages of eDiscovery allows teams to eliminate duplicative, irrelevant and non-responsive files – and then process only the essential data prior to the costly stage of document review.
At a recent webinar presented by Elaine Igama, sales solutions architect with the litigation software business at LexisNexis, participants learned about four key benefits of filtering data in a case prior to generating eDiscovery reports:
1. Culling. A good filtering tool enables you to cull the data set down to a more manageable volume so that useful data reports can be produced and shared with team members.
2. Save and Rerun. Look for software products that allow you to save the filters you created so you can rerun them at a later time when new information is added to the case.
3. Isolate. Pre-search filtering can isolate a subset of records based on fields such as status, evaluation and linked issues, creating slices of data for subsequent processing.
4. Small Production. An effective data set filter allows you to narrow down to a smaller set of records for light document production.
The LexisNexis CaseMap® solution has powerful filtering tools built into the software. The CaseMap software suite has won more than 50 legal industry awards for its innovative use of technology that helps litigators better manage their cases.
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