There is more than one reason why I am very pleased to announce that Ricoh has become a sponsor of the eDisclosure Information Project. The most obvious reason is that Ricoh is a major force to be reckoned with in US eDiscovery; another is that Ricoh has a strong presence in Canada via its ownership of Commonwealth Legal. One of my themes in the last year has been the interchange of civil procedure rules and ideas between common law jurisdictions. The link with Commonwealth Legal brings an opportunity for me to speak at their Technology in Practice event in Toronto in November – I will come back to that below.
Ricoh eDiscovery Services is a comprehensive set of end-to-end solutions supported by a team of highly qualified eDiscovery experts. It includes digital forensics services, secure hosted technology based on Microsoft Azure, Managed Review Services (known as Intelligent Review in Canada), and a full Production and Presentation Service.
As an extension of this, Ricoh offers cloud-based eDiscovery On Demand, a user-friendly, self-service web solution giving the user full control of the eDiscovery process in a self-service cloud solution backed by Ricoh’s support if needed. That is coming to Canada shortly.
Ricoh’s eDiscovery services are backed by top-of-the-range eDiscovery technology including Relativity, Catalyst, iCONECT XERA, Ringtail, Veritas and Ipro.
Commonwealth Legal’s presence in Canada (it has long been the biggest eDiscovery provider there, and the only one that is ISO 9001:2008 quality-certified) is of particular interest as a common law jurisdiction which derives its rules and its litigation culture in part from the US and in part from England and Wales. Regular readers will know that I have long been keen to promote the sharing of ideas between all the common law jurisdictions. That has its sharpest focus recently in the spread of judicial approval of technology-assisted review from the US to Ireland, to England and Wales and, most recently, to Victoria in Australia. Canada must surely go down the same road shortly.
It is particularly exciting in this context that I have been asked to moderate a TAR panel at Commonwealth Legal’s Technology in Practice event. The conference will be celebrating its 10th year, and will be held in Toronto between 8 and 10 November 2017. Joining me will be US Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck and Maura Grossman, who between them cover the rules, jurisdictional, and technical aspects of TAR with more authority than anyone.
I very much looking forward to that, and to working with Ricoh and Commonwealth Legal over the coming year.