New In the Legal World: eDiscovery “Special Masters”

There is a new trend in the courtroom, and it has caused a massive change in personnel, according to legal experts everywhere. What is this new and growing trend in the legal world you may be wondering?

courtroom resized 600The new position in the courtroom is becoming more and more common these days, and soon may be just another common position. Called eDiscovery “special masters”, these positions were created by legal organizations everywhere to help manage the influx of new information that is constantly being brought about by the e-discovery technology. Experts everywhere are concerned about this.

In fact, this new and upcoming trend has caught the eye of legal industry officials and other legal experts from everywhere, according to these new and forthcoming reports. Judge Joy Conti of the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania is one such expert who has formed an opinion, and is in the middle of launching a pilot program with the hopes to dictate the work with eDiscovery special masters. This effort has established an approval system for anyone who may be acting as special master. This is done in order to make sure that law firms and other legal entities are using their e-discovery tools efficiently and effectively. As it is still a program that is in process, it has yet to be known whether this pilot program will work in the future, but experts are hopeful that it will be an effective and useful tool. 

Of course, as eDiscovery has gone through the legal sector, there have been many new trends that have suddenly emerged as of late. Because the eDiiscovery provides useful information to legal organizations and legal experts at extremely high rates that have never been seen, there are many things that industry has to do to adapt to in order to leverage it. It may be a long and difficult journey, which is what experts want to avoid.

There have been other reports that explain a ruling by the Advisory Council for the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which makes an attempt to encourage better navigation through the piles of information presented because of so many e-discovery requests.

Only time will tell where this growing trend of eDiiscovery special masters is going.


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