E-Discovery an Overview

E-Discovery is the identification, collection, preservation, processing, review, reporting and disclosure of electronic data in regulatory, civil and criminal environments. As well as the policies, procedures and legal compliance to support the process and validate the facts. As part of our E-Discovery service, we assist clients in conducting electronic discovery projects more effectively by providing a platform for the secure and confidential exchange of information during judicial matters. The function of LexTrado is to process data which is received in accordance with instruction and to present such findings in an efficient and effective platform for legal review.

Our Process

Relevant Data Source Identification refers to the process of identifying the location of all data which a company has a duty to preserve and/ or pertains to the legal matter. This could span data across a 10 year timespan.
Collection and Preservation of Data Sources is the acquisition of electronic information which is identified as potentially relevant. The preservation of the data in a forensic or non-forensic manner in such a way that a complete audit log exists and the integrity of data collected is intact.
Comprehensive Data Processing accomodates a wide variety of unstructured data, handles each form in a manner appropriate to its file type, and generates output that is structured in accordance with review requirements.
Data Review and Analysis is at its most basic level, refers to the sorting of both available and priviledged documents. During this process, important knowledge for a case can be discerned from the large body of collected documents and email messages.
Report and Disclosure is seperated in two parts. Reporting focuses on how data is collected and reviewed and, ultimately; how it is produced in civil litigation and regulatory investigations. Disclosure focuses on the managed and secure handover of data to opposing parties, tribunal or court proceedings.

The Lextrado Difference

Although there are many companies in SA who can assist a client to identify and collect all relevant data, at the end of the day it is up to the client or legal team to sift through hundreds of thousands of pages of relevant data. Faced with this challenge, LexTrado has, after careful evaluation, selected a number of international software platforms which, in combination, can assist your team in this regard on a cost effective manner in a price range which is acceptable in South Africa. LexTrado can host all your data which must be reviewed on our reviewing platform or deploy our platform in your organisation. This allows your team to easily review documents, categorise them and scare the information. Your team can now review data from any location in the world on a centralized database and in real time see comments from other team members, exclude previously reviewed documents or identify documents which has not been reviewed yet.

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Additional E-Discovery Services


 LexTrado can scan and OCR all hard copy documents to enable the client to conduct electronic searches against the data.


Lextrado can assist the client to identify and collect all data or can receive the data from the client, the client’s legal team or forensic team.


Lextrado can extract all relevant data, based on a keyword analysis, timeline analysis or communication analysis (this data can also be received from the client).


All data is de-duplicated to minimize the quantity of documents which must be reviewed.


Lextrado has in-house review teams which can assist your team with preliminary reviewing to reduce costs and increase results.