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Slash Review Time by Optimizing Your Ediscovery Process

by Everlaw

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Generating discoverable data has never been this easy. Even a moderately-sized corporation is able to create millions of email messages, chat transcripts, voicemail recordings, digital documents, videos, and social media posts in a relatively short period of time. One Rand study estimated that a U.S. civil case typically includes about 130 gigabytes (GB) or 6.5 million pages of data.

The traditional linear discovery review system that has been used for decades is a “manual, expensive, time-consuming, and error-prone process requiring teams of legal professionals to review hundreds of thousands or millions of documents one at a time to determine relevance to a specific case,” according to a 2019 American Bar Association (ABA) report.

To make matters worse, here is how traditional, manual review works, according to Lexology:

[A]t the processing/review/ analysis stage, junior lawyers manually review the documents to determine relevance. Once the initial stages of review are complete, senior lawyers carry out a final review. In a large-scale discovery, this process can be extremely time-consuming and an enormous drain on resources. Indeed, anecdotal evidence suggests that in complex litigation the cost of discovery can sometimes amount to close to 50% of the costs incurred.

As opposed to manual review, Everlaw’s simple interface onboards users faster and enables litigation teams to start and finish reviews much faster – 10 times faster that Relativity and five times faster than the nearest cloud competitor.

How Advanced Analytics Accelerate the Ediscovery Process

Advanced analytics transforms the way legal teams perform ediscovery, from early case assessment to document review and even post-review quality control. Some of the advanced features that Everlaw integrates directly into its platform include:

  • Translation technology. Everlaw identifies and detects more than 50 languages and supports translation for over 100 languages, showing translation in place of foreign text to view in context and enhance cross-border ediscovery. In 2019, Everlaw users automatically translated more than 24,000 documents on the platform, allowing teams to quickly add and review foreign language documents in the same way as any other document.

  • Audio/Video Transcription. Viewing, searching, and producing an audio or video file for legal proceedings used to require review of the media file outside the ediscovery platform. But Everlaw’s built-in Audio/Video Transcription automates audio and video media file review directly in the platform. In 2019, 47,653 hours were transcribed from 1.3M audio or video files – that’s equivalent to 5,446 seasons of Game of Thrones.

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  • Contextual collaboration. The law is collaborative, spanning roles, geographies, law firms, experts, in-house and outside counsel. While collaboration has traditionally been approached inefficiently through email or word of mouth, Everlaw includes collaboration into all aspects of its platform, allowing users to collaborate and strategize in real-time. Unlike other discovery platforms, Everlaw offers a unique in-platform messaging feature to enable contextual collaboration between users. In addition to messaging, Storybuilder allows users to collaborate and strategize in real-time with Drafts and Timelines, which directly integrate with discovered documents and enable teams to craft cohesive outlines and chronologies for depositions, case arguments, or other non-legal narratives.

Boost Your Efficiency with Everlaw

Today’s legal professionals must focus on increasing efficiency through automation and workflow optimization to keep pace with growing complexity within the industry. To learn more about how the Everlaw platform can accelerate your team’s review process, read “2021 Ediscovery Trends: Collaboration and Security.”