ZyLAB eDiscovery System Studied As Prototype For Removing Bottlenecks In Litigation

Monday, August 1, 2011 - 00:00

ZyLAB has announced the release of the June 2011 report "ZyLAB: Enabling Prosecution of the Unspeakable" by International Data Corporation (IDC), a premier global provider of market intelligence and advisory services for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets. The report describes the depth of the technical and operational issues faced by the United Nations Information Management team in the Office of the Prosecutor during various war crime tribunals and outlines the best practices for responding to similar eDiscovery challenges in civil litigation.

According to the report, "The challenges faced by the UN Information Management team in the Office of the Prosecutor, while exceptional in scale and often gruesome in content, can shed light on more day-to-day challenges facing many businesses and public organizations today."

The updated IDC report outlines the extreme complexities inherent in war crime investigations and tribunals and it draws parallels with everyday commercial eDiscovery projects during U.S. and international civil litigation. The topics of data volumes and formats, multiple foreign languages, eDiscovery processing, legal review, and production are addressed, as well as insight into how multilingual legal teams operating amid various judicial systems have come to rely on the ZyLAB eDiscovery system.

"The United Nations war crime tribunals embody every extreme and special circumstance when it comes to eDiscovery challenges and requirements," said Johannes C. Scholtes, chief strategy officer. "Every trial has its own complexities involving data formats, scalability, language support, rules of procedure, and confidentiality to which the ZyLAB software has repeatedly adapted," he continued.

The ZyLAB eDiscovery tools continue to be used in the ongoing Charles Taylor trial in Sierra Leone and the company expects them to be equally instrumental in the forthcoming trial of the recently apprehended Ratko Mladiç in the former Yugoslavia.