New Zealand introduced new discovery rules in February 2012, making it the most recent common law jurisdiction to exercise closer control over how the lawyers and courts conduct the management of discovery – which inevitably means largely electronic discovery.
His Honour Judge David Harvey is a New Zealand District Court judge. I met him at the excellent Singapore conference on Electronic Litigation last year and we have kept in touch. He has written an article jointly with Daniel Garrie of Law and Forensics LLC and called New Zealand’s New Discovery Rules and Electronic Discovery which summarises the new rules and which has been published this week by the UK Society for Computers and Law.
I hope to come back to this subject, but meanwhile point you to this interesting description of developments in a jurisdiction which, by standing back for a while, had the opportunity to observe what the rest of us were doing before introducing its new discovery rules.