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Evidence Outside the Box

A trial is conducted in a box. 

Literally and figuratively. 

The literal box is the windowless room in a government building in which the trial is conducted. 

The figurative box is drawn by the judge, who admonishes jurors that they are only to consider the evidence admitted inside the courtroom and shall not conduct research or consider information beyond the evidence admitted in the trial.

Yeah, right.

Okay, when these rules were framed, to research a party in the case, a juror would need to travel to a good library, search through index cards, talk to a research librarian and wander the shelves to pull information not received in the trial.  read more

ELECTRONICALLY STORED INFORMATION REVISITED

Six years ago, I wrote about how facility with electronic discovery allows small litigation firms to have David v. Goliath results against large firms.  https://www.spillaneplc.com/advances-in-e-discovery-allow-smaller-firms-to-successfully-litigate-cases-once-only-handled-by-their-larger-counterparts/  In 2021, if you or your team have not mastered discovery of electronically stored information (“ESI”), you are not in the game.

Here are some tips for bringing your electronic discovery skills up to date.

  1. Consult with your technologist on production demands.  Parties may specify the way they want ESI produced.  Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 2031.030(a)(2); FRCP Rule 34(b)(1)(C).  Share your draft production requests with your technologist, or better yet, have a stock paragraph in your form file. 
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