New York State Bar Association Releases Practitioner’s Guide To E-Discovery

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 11:50

To help lawyers and judges navigate the burgeoning and challenging electronic discovery landscape, the New York State Bar Association has issued guidelines for best practices that offer extensive practical advice on e-discovery issues in state and federal courts in New York.

E-discovery is the preparation, preservation, collection, processing, review and production of evidence in electronic form -- including email, texts, social media, or the cloud -- in response to business, regulatory or legal requirements.

Presented in a clear and concise manner, the new publication, Guidelines for Best Practices in E-Discovery in New York State and Federal Courts, is available free of charge at www.nysba.org/e-discovery.

State Bar President Vincent E. Doyle III said, “Whether documents are stored on Facebook, in an iPad, in email, or in the ‘cloud,’ members of the legal profession must understand their legal responsibilities in preserving, collecting and producing the electronically stored information. In a world where e-discovery is fast becoming standard ‘discovery,’ it is imperative that lawyers understand this emerging area of evidence so we can fulfill our obligations to our clients and the courts.”