When a case involves 50,000 or 100,000 documents it is very difficult to manage the paper and produce necessary lists using entirely manual methods. Computerisation is the answer.
Once the information about the documents is held in a computer database, a team of lawyers can search for incriminating patterns, locate a letter that contradicts direct testimony previous given, find the smoking gun. So runs a powerful argument in favour of computerised litigation systems.
But few British firms have fifty-thousand-document cases, and even fewer have a smoking gun waiting to be discovered. The fact that so many firms are going ahead with pilots or operational systems perhaps indicates more of a desire to be seen to be abreast of technology, rather than the calculated expectation of direct return.
The 17 chapters of Advanced Litigation Support & Document Imaging deals with the implications of litigation systems, analyzing the support factors, financial factors, document imaging, workflow and case management applications.