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Here’s a hypothetical scenario: Your company just got sued in Texas because a former employee claims they were improperly terminated. At issue is a series of emails, and you head down to the state courthouse for an initial meeting with the judge.

Now, what do you need to know to start discussing e-discovery? A lot, right? What the judge needs to know, however, may differ.

Through his 30 years of being an e-discovery expert, BDO Consulting’s George Socha said the judge’s job hasn’t changed much, even if technology has. “From the judge’s perspective,” he explained about a recent case, “it was about making sure that he laid down the ground rules for what was going to happen in his courtroom, and how the lawyers were going to handle the case as they appeared before him. … When it came to the evidentiary hearing itself, he’s not choosing who testifies, he’s not even deciding really what to testify about. His job is to move the hearing forward and get from the party their best shot at the information.”

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Zach Warren

Zach Warren is the editor-in-chief of Legaltech News. Based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Zach has been with LTN since 2015. He can be reached at [email protected]

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