Subjective Coding


  • The Subjective Coding of a document involves linking a legal interpretation to an individual document. In direct opposition to objective coding, in which bibliographic data about the document is recorded. Subjective Coding types include the classification of documents as privileged and responsive, and the categorization of documents by legal issue (“issue coding”).
  • Entering information from a document that requires the coder to exercise judgment, such as subject or issue codes. This field is often left blank for the law firm’s paralegals or associates to fill in.
  • The coding of a document using legal interpretation as the data that fills a field. Performed by paralegals or other trained legal personnel.
  • Categorizing documents by their responsiveness to specific case issues or topics.


  1. EDRM Metrics Glossary
  2. Legal Electronic Document Institute, Basic Principles of Automated Litigation Support (2005).
  3. Formerly American Document Management, Glossary of Terms, now 5i Solutions Glossary.
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