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- Dec. 16, 2009 7th Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program: Overview and Best Practices
"7th Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program: Overview and Best Practices The federal trial courts in the 7th Circuit have launched a pilot program aimed at easing the cost and difficulties associated with electronic discovery in civil cases. The pilot project emanated from concerns about the mounting costs of electronic discovery. Those concerns were elaborated this spring when the American College of Trial Lawyers Task Force on Discovery and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver issued a report on their joint project regarding the pretrial discovery process in the United States. The E-Discovery Pilot Program will run from October 1, 2009 to May 1, 2010 and is intended to motivate informational exchanges between counsel relating to electronically stored information (ESI) through a proposed standing order that select district judges, magistrates, and bankruptcy judges in the Seventh Circuit have already agreed to use. The principals set out in the proposed order go beyond the 2006 ESI amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to include subjects such as Meet & Confer process, the use of e-discovery liaisons, early case assessment, and ESI identification and production."