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DOJ Guide to Electronic Discovery

The Joint Working Group on Electronic Technology in the Criminal Justice System’s guide lists 10 principles for electronic discovery.  

1. Attorneys must understand the process. 

2. Disputes about electronic discovery should include people with technical knowledge. 

3. The meet & confer should adddess electronic discovery. 

4. The parties should specify which format should be used.  

5. A party should not incur excessive processing costs. 

6. The oppsing party should be notified about production issues which can be reasonably anticipated. 

7. A record should be kept of all data that is exchanged. 

8. In a case with multiple defendants one coordinating attorney should be appointed. 

9. Parties should make a good faith effort to resolve any disputes. 

10. ESI should only be shared with members of the litigation team. 


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