Practice Direction No 3 of 2009 in the Supreme Court of Singapore is entitled Discovery and Inspection of Electronically Stored Information and took effect on 1 October 2009. I am off to Singapore today to take part in a conference organised by LexisNexis with the title e-Discovery & Digital Forensics.
My own subject, it will not surprise you to know, is International Parallels in e-Discovery. I aim to distil what has come out of the US-UK judicial panels which we have now done in both London and Washington and which have picked out what is best and worst from both jurisdictions. The words competence, co-operation and proportionality will inevitably feature in my speech as they do, expressly or by implication, in the new Practice Direction.
Browning Marean of DLA Piper will also speak. His subject is Globalization and Digitization: the rising need for digital forensics and E-Discovery in today’s world. Australia’s Seamus Byrne, with whom I shared a panel at CEIC in Orlando this year and who spoke, as Browning and I did, at the Ark Group conference in Sydney earlier this year, is running a mini-workshop called Using the tool of E-Discovery. Happy chance means that Senior Master Whitaker is in Singapore anyway at the invitation of the judiciary, and he joins Browning and me for a panel called Judicial involvement in case management and costs management. Other distinguished speakers from the courts include Yeong Zee Kin, Senior Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court of Singapore and The Honourable Justice Ian Gzell of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Australia.
Three of us who are named above were in Washington last week, and you may well enquire after our collective carbon foot-print. I don’t feel too guilty really. Part of the ambition here is to reduce the printing and copying, the couriers and the lawyer travel required by manual methods of giving discovery, and if we have to invest in a few air miles to help achieve that, then so be it.
An interim ambition is to write up the last conference before I reach the next one, and 15 hours in aeroplanes should cover that.