ZyLAB has enhanced its eDiscovery bundle with functions specifically designed to make life easier for the reviewer and therefore to speed up the process of review. It has also come up with some useful resources which aim to help companies and their lawyers both understand and manage the eDiscovery processes.
One of the main enhancements in eDiscovery Bundle 3.2 is the e-mail conversation functionality in the Early Case Assessment (ECA) and Legal Review interface which is designed to allow the user to browse quickly through an e-mail thread, tagging single, multiple or all of the e-mail messages in the conversation. It also identifies messages which are missing from the e-mail thread.
In addition, eDiscovery Bundle 3.2 identifies and flags documents containing foreign (that is, non-English) languages, provides the ability to personalise the review layout by allowing discrete sections to be moved or hidden, and enhances the keyword highlighting.
The press release is here. I suggest that you take the link to the video, which amply illustrates the truth in the cliche about pictures painting 1,000 words. Potential users who are unfamiliar with eDiscovery software generally will find it useful to see particular functions actually being used. The video brings that to your desk. I have commented on ZyLAB’s videos before, and this one maintains the standard.
ZyLAB’s tools cover all stages of an eDiscovery / eDisclosure project and include advanced search, filtering, grouping, bulk redaction and and tagging functions. It has been used in very large criminal cases as well as civil ones, and for UN War Crimes Tribunals. This is not a bad set of testing grounds for more everyday use in companies and law firms.
ZyLAB’s senior staff include Chief Strategy Officer Johannes Scholtes and Enterprise Technology Counsel Mary Mack, who bring many years of experience and a high level of intellectual gravitas to the subject of eDiscovery – I recorded a webinar with them recently called Bridging the Gap Between Legal and IT which you can find here .
Johannes Scholtes and Mary Mack were interviewed recently by Ron Friedmann under the auspices of Project Counsel, and the resulting videos can be seen here. Between them, these videos cover the development of new rules and skills within corporations, the use of technology (and particularly visualisation and visual analytics) to investigate wrongful activity such as bribery, the use of statisticians and other specialist technologists to conduct the new discovery processes, and the adoption of computer-assisted review – a broad range of topics of increasing relevance to companies and their lawyers.
Multilingual eDiscovery raises issues which are well worth identifying early in the eDiscovery process, not least because of the potential effects on timelines and cost when a high proportion of potentially discoverable information is not in English. ZyLAB has partnered with SDL to offer automated machine translation technology which, amongst other benefits, routes foreign-language documents to users capable of understanding them.
All the things mentioned above – new information-related roles within companies, the use of technology to identify issues in advance of eDiscovery obligations and to manage those obligations when they arise, handling foreign languages, and the development of new technology, are all applicable equally in England and Wales and in the US. An article called Changes in the Civil Procedure Rules in the UK, ZyLAB summarises what these mean for your company, pulls together the threads mentioned above in the context of the Jackson reforms. There is a link from this article to a webinar in which Johannes Scholtes and George Socha talk through the implications.