The Good Practice Guide to eDiscovery in Ireland

This Guide is designed to present a practical and reasonable approach to assist those who must meet the challenges of the discovery of Electronically Stored Information ("ESI") within the jurisdiction of the Republic of Ireland. It is developed for individuals and/or organisations with responsibility for carrying out the processes and procedures necessary to produce ESI as part of discovery or other matters.

It is envisaged the Guide will provide invaluable assistance to anyone, whether lawyer or IT professional, who becomes involved in the discovery process.

The Guide follows a phased approach to covering key eDiscovery areas spanning from Information Management, Identification, Preservation, Collection, Processing, Review, Analysis, Production, and Presentation. This is followed by eight appendices which include:

  • eDiscovery Checklist at Appendix B which provides a useful aide memoire with a list of background information to collect at the outset of a new project and contains a section of each of the nine phases of a typical eDiscovery project.
  • Information Sharing at Appendix F provides information which is recommended to be exchanged at a minimum between parties.
  • Glossary of terms at Appendix G provides a description of technical terms commonly used in this jurisdiction.

The Good Practice Guide to eDiscovery in Ireland is available to download free of charge from here

Authors of the Guide
The Joint Authors of the Guide, compromise of local technology, legal, and information governance professionals who came together in 2011 to produce a practice guide to eDiscovery in Ireland.

On the 16 April 2013, The Hon. Mr. Justice Frank Clarke, Judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland, launched the "The Good Practice Guide to eDiscovery in Ireland" and was published on the same day by The eDiscovery Group of Ireland.

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