Lord Justice Jackson’s only recommendation in relation to e-disclosure was that there be substantial training for both lawyers and judges. This is an opportunity to find out why he said:
The first point which needs to be made about e-disclosure is that it is inevitable in cases where the parties hold the relevant material electronically. For the parties to print all the material out and then exchange it in hard copy would often be impracticable. With all but the smallest volumes of material, that course would not be cost effective. Thus in cases where edisclosure is a consideration, it is often a practical necessity rather than an optional course.
Lord Justice Jackson also drew attention to the need for judges and lawyers to know about and understand the technology which is available to address the problems raised by large volumes of electronic documents. Dominic and I will be supported by three providers of litigation support services. 7Safe will talk about the collection of data. Legal Inc will describe the range of consultancy services which are on offer from a general provider of litigation services. FTI Technology will cover processing and document review.
This is a lot packed into one afternoon – there is nowhere else where you can cover the law, the practice and technology in one session. Ticket prices are £94 including VAT and can be obtained on application from Chris Drury, the Clerk at Ely Place Chambers.