E-discovery software with data analytics capabilities (including functionality like auto-classification, predictive coding, and TAR, for example) have been available for quite some time now. However, the extent to which in-house legal departments are taking advantage of these advances to improve e-discovery and other investigations has not been clear. To explore this issue and other uses of data analytics, the Coalition of Technology Resources for Lawyers (CTRL) commissioned the IGI to conduct a survey on the adoption of data analytics by in-house legal departments across six use cases (e-discovery, legal matter management/billing, information governance, outcome/risk analysis, contract review, and selection of outside counsel. CTRL released the results of that survey, and you can learn more at Data Analytics in the Legal Community: 2015-2016 Trends.
According to the survey results, a majority (56%) of in-house legal departments report using data analytics for e-discovery and other investigations. This was the only one of the six use cases examined for which a majority of respondents said that their legal departments were taking advantage of data analytics, although nearly a third also reported adoption in legal matter management/billing and information governance (IG). We discussed survey results on the IG use case in a previous blog about the study.
Culling and relevancy review were among the top three uses of analytics in e-discovery/other investigations by in-house legal. Interestingly, however, early case assessment (ECA) was also in the top three. Over 70% of respondents who reported use of data analytics for e-discovery/other investigations also reported they were using it for ECA. This result is promising as it suggests a good number oforganizations are making more strategic use of these tools—not just using them to reduce the corpus of documents to be reviewed or to get through it faster—but to get at the facts of the case more efficiently.
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