Doug Austin, eDiscovery Today: How Confident Are You in Your Judge’s Technology Competence?

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Extract from Doug Austin’s article “How Confident Are You in Your Judge’s Technology Competence?”

Last week on eDiscovery Today, I covered results from the polls taken during various sessions at the University of Florida E-Discovery Conference. With nearly 1,500 attendees for each session and several hundred responding to each poll, that resulted in very informative poll results!

One session that had some of the most interesting poll results was the Judicial Panel Session on Day 1 involving several judges who are very experienced in discovery matters, during which the attendees were asked several poll questions regarding judicial involvement in the discovery process as well as how knowledgeable judges are – and should be – about technology.

Poll Results from UF-Law Judicial Panel

There were six poll results in the Judicial Panel (which I covered here) and 773 responses to each of the polls. Three of them had particularly noteworthy results:

  • 70% of respondents said judges should be somewhat active or very active in the discovery process.
  • 8% of respondents said judges are very knowledgeable about technology.
  • 57% of respondents said judges should be very knowledgeable about technology, as just about every case in 2022 is a technology case.

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