Irish civil litigation requires discovery and therefore electronic discovery. An informal group called The eDiscovery Group of Ireland has been working for some time on a Good Practice Guide to Electronic Discovery in Ireland, and Version 1.0 was published recently. The members of the Group are listed on page 2 of the Guide.
This is an interesting jurisdiction with all to play for. Mr Justice Frank Clarke, with whom I have the occasional pleasure of doing panels and interviews, does not understate it in the opening line of his forward which reads “It can, I think, be said that Ireland has been late in addressing eDiscovery.”
The important point, he says, is that “the costs associated with complying with disclosure obligations… do not become a barrier on access to justice”. That message can now be heard in every relevant jurisdiction.
I would have gone to the launch of the guide had I not been engaged in a conference elsewhere. I will come back to this.