Early Case Assessment (ECA) is the process of targeting the key intelligence which will ultimately guide case strategy early on in a legal matter. Sky Discovery offer a full suite of customisable ECA tools which are fully integrated into our Relativity review platform.

The ECA tools can be used to identify patterns and trends in the data or can be used to quickly dig into the detail of the matter. The ECA suite allows you to gain a holistic understanding of your data before a case begins, start culling your collection, and quickly uncover key information held within the evidence.

Visual ECA dashboards are customisable and can give you visibility into the size and scope of your case by quickly identifying important information about your data such as file formats, volume, date ranges, etc, while examining custodians, search terms, and concepts.

An effective ECA strategy seeks answers to questions such as:

  • What are the key issues in the legal matter?
  • What keywords and search terms are relevant to those issues?
  • How much potentially relevant data do I have?
  • What are the potential e-disclosure costs related to the claim?
  • What is my overall legal liability?
  • Are there any key documents that must be accounted for?

It’s hard to answer these types of questions without having an understanding and knowledge of what is in the dataset that you are dealing with on that matter. With the ECA approach, lawyers can make informed decisions based on the actual data rather than having to rely on experience or gut feel, it can also avoid spending a great deal of time looking at non relevant information.

Having all this information in visual formats with pivot tables, bar and pie charts, and detailed lists of relevant information such as top 10 custodians, data ranges, keywords, file types and such, Relativity ECA provides lawyers the information they require to make valid assumptions and recommendations to their client based on the information at hand.

Reports can easily be generated in Relativity to help you make sense of everything. Through reports and dashboards, you can more easily digest key figures, trends, and other actionable information. For example, a report might reveal that e-dislosure costs and burdens, far outweigh the monetary value of the case, a fact that might have been missed looking at the data at a more granular level. Plus, reports are easy to generate and share for turning over to a judge or opposing party. They also keep a historical record of activities in case something needs to be revisited long after the event.