SOURCE: IE Discovery

IE Discovery

May 19, 2010 10:00 ET

IE Discovery Survey of Government Agencies Shows Continued Growth in Size, Scope and Effort Required to Deal With Electronic Discovery

Most Significant Increases Are in Legal Reviews, Legal Holds, Consultations With IT and Forms of Production as Collaboration Continues to Expand Beyond the Legal Department

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) - IE Discovery, a leading provider of comprehensive Discovery Management to the legal community, has completed its 2009 Benchmarking Study of Electronic Discovery Practices for Government Agencies. The results confirm the trend of increasing size, scope and efforts required in dealing with electronic discovery. The survey is designed to gather opinions and experiences of those directly involved in electronic discovery activities. This year's survey participants included government attorneys, records managers, paralegals and information technology (IT) personnel from 25 government agencies.

"We conducted this survey so that respondents could see where their agency fell in the broad spectrum of e-discovery preparedness, and could compare their perspectives to those of their peers," said Chris May, CEO of IE Discovery. The survey participants reported a significant increase in the areas of legal reviews, individual legal holds, consultations with IT, the forms/methods of production and the consideration given to attachments. "The emphasis on attachments and document families is not surprising, as this issue has been the subject of several recent opinions," added May.

Other highlights include:

  • Overall, respondents felt most confident in legal review and document retention. Not surprisingly, non-attorney respondents were most confident in technical aspects such as production and processing while attorneys were most confident in chain of custody and document retention.
  • The participation of lawyers in the collection process continues to decline; custodians, IT personnel and contractors increasingly handle document collection.
  • Document production formats continue to vary: paper continues to be the most popular, followed by image with text and then native productions.
  • As electronic discovery issues become more mainstream, respondents are having less trouble finding budget and getting approval from upper management but more trouble finding qualified staff.
  • More time is being spent on electronic discovery, with fewer cases reported as consuming 0-25% of individual time and more reported as consuming 76-100%.

The survey results showed a significant trend towards outsourcing, both within IT departments and in e-discovery processing. "Our participants are still facing serious challenges," said Bill Detamore, IE Discovery's Chief Legal Officer. "As data volumes and complexity increase, government agencies seem to be struggling to find staff and scale their internal systems. As a result, they are turning more to outside service providers."

The survey was conducted from November 5, 2009 to November 18, 2009. There were 167 respondents from 25 government agencies.

IE Discovery has been a provider of discovery management services to government agencies for 17 years. The 2009 Benchmarking Study of Electronic Discovery Practices for Government Agencies is part of an ongoing initiative to meet the information needs of government agencies and also includes the company's annual Symposium for Government Agencies. This year's symposium will take place on October 20th at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

An executive summary of survey results can be found at http://www.iediscovery.com/services/government/survey.aspx. For additional information about the survey or the symposium, please contact Gail Parks at 703-527-2700 ext. 3035 or gparks@iediscovery.com.

About IE Discovery, Inc.
IE Discovery provides comprehensive Discovery Management and other litigation support services to government agencies, corporate law departments and outside counsel who routinely manage complex, information-intensive litigation. Utilizing technological and legal expertise, IE Discovery helps clients improve their productivity and cost efficiency, and more accurately predict their litigation expenditures. IE Discovery is based in Austin, Texas, with offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. For additional information, visit www.iediscovery.com.

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