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The Huseby Journal

Trends in the Legal Industry: E-Discovery

What is E-Discovery? The discovery of electronically stored information (ESI).

Thebalancecareers.com discusses E-Discovery as a new trend in the legal industry. Much to the dismay of anyone who values their privacy, “recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure make electronically stored information such as e-mails, instant messages, voicemails, e-calendars, graphics, and data on handheld devices discoverable in litigation.”

According to the article from thebalancecareers.com, “Electronic discovery (E-Discovery) was an almost $11 billion industry in 2018, and it’s expected to top $17 billion by 2023. E-Discovery professionals use technology to facilitate legal discovery and to manage electronic data.”

Discovery in a legal sense is easy to understand. This is how both parties to a lawsuit are allowed to discover information that’s in the possession of the other, to help their case. Records may be demanded by one party, or even subpoenaed. Both parties are obligated to release any demanded or subpoenaed information by law. Even in criminal cases, the prosecution is obligated by law to turn over any evidence it has against the defendant.

In the past, discovery meant a lot of paperwork moving back and forth. Today, much like many other aspects of the legal industry, discovery is being transmitted and maintained in electronic form instead. The E-Discovery data is managed by an E-Discovery professional. This growing industry has grown 300% since its inception, and it is expected to continue to grow in the future.

Learn more about the E-Discovery profession here, thebalancecareers.com/e-discovery-professional-2164302.