The pandemic has transformed almost all businesses overnight. As e-Discovery plays a pivotal role in any lawsuit, the litigation experts during the pandemic demanded substantial changes to conduct eDiscovery. Keeping in mind the current situation, in the foreseeable future, many changes can be expected to these evolving circumstances. Here are a few changes that disrupted the industry post COVID:
Programs &Processes of E-Discovery
The pandemic has increased the existing pressure on industries to contain more e-Discovery costs. Organizations were already focused on finding more effective ways to work, especially when it came to outsourcing. Outsourcing industry has adopted new technologies that promote cost-cutting while streamlining workflows efficiently. Everyone is figuring out to adjust to virtual e-Discovery workflows to accommodate remote work smoothly.
Information of Identification & Preservation
Now employees are creating, using, and storing information in the new work-from-home paradigm. Some are back to the fields as well. But the companies that follow the work from home policy need to consider that the employees store all the electronic information in their personal devices. This has led to companies relying more on online collaboration tools. Even before the pandemic hit, outsourcing and decentralizing had become more common which turned out to be a help for them to prepare processes and infrastructure to handle everything. People are fond of using team management and collaborative tools such as zoom, slack, google meets and other such options to make communication with the team members seamless and hassle free while working remotely.
Transmission & Collection of Information
E-Discovery has gradually been moving towards much more centralized systems. The organizations will see much impact on the ability to e-Discovery services because of outsourcing. Development and implementation of technology move the data distribution electronically, in most instances, which eliminates the need for in-person contact to carry out the collection. This even made litigation more flexible and creative.
Moving Forward to Address E-Discovery Challenges
COVID-19 presented novel problems before us all, but as we prepare for the onslaught of new regulatory matters to come, we must understand that there is no end to e-Discovery challenges. Top organizations have been tackling these challenges by adopting new technologies and tools. Indeed, the pandemic has opened new opportunities for everyone to collaborate to overcome the existing problems.