A new committee is being planned to create defensible standards for processes and audits during electronic data discovery. Experts say the lack of such standards currently represents a significant hole in e-discovery methods.

The standards, proposed in Chicago on June 14 at the Seventh Circuit’s Electronic Discovery Committee Workshop on Computer-Assisted Review, would be administered under an organization approved by the American National Standards Institute. At minimum, it would guide attorneys in how to perform discovery of electronic information. Software companies and service providers could also market their work as standards-compliant.

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