This is a guest post, written by Andrew Haslam of the UK ILTA’s Special Interest Group for eDisclosure, seeking feedback on a draft data exchange protocol developed by UK ILTA. It seeks views by 19 January 2019.
The overall objective of ILTA (the International Legal Technology Association) is to enable members to share knowledge and best practice on legal IT. One of the ways it achieves this is by setting up Special Interest Groups so that people with a similar interest can work together. Early in 2018, the UK ILTA’s Special Interest Group for eDisclosure wanted to identify the area where they could provide the most benefit for practitioners, whether they were ILTA members or not. It was decided that the place where the SIG could have most impact was at the point of data exchange.
There are a number of eDisclosure exchange protocols around; most law firms and third-party suppliers have their own variants, all of which are quite similar to each other. The SIG decided that they could consolidate the different versions of these protocols into a single ILTA version, with supporting guidance notes, to explain what the significance of the different options are, and provide a “best practice” approach to the process.
Added impetus was given to the initiative by the fact that the Disclosure Pilot, which goes live in January, makes specific mention of the need to use an exchange protocol.
To be clear, the protocol is NOT an attempt to impose any kind of fixed standard. It is a set of menu options, containing a mixture of criteria that allows all software to meet the protocol in one way or another. The hope is that anyone can use the guidance notes to work with their litigation support supplier to draft a protocol, or that suppliers use the material to walk legal teams through the choices they have, and through the implications of their decisions.
The SIG are approaching both law firms and suppliers, asking them to endorse the protocol. The logos of the participating organisations will be shown on the ILTA micro-site which will go live after the launch.
The documents are available now and can be found at the links shown below. Also shown is an email address for feedback, which should please be submitted by Friday 19 January.