I enjoyed reading this article by Jeffrey Wolff from IPRO.

I found it interesting to see what others think will be the key trends in 2023. Specifically, I was interested in point 7 about Artificial Intelligence (AI) as this is something I have been talking about quite a bit recently.

As Jeffrey explains, “AI will continue being an integral and expected part of the eDiscovery process.”

Without a shadow of a doubt, AI will enhance a lot of what we do and will likely unlock new investigative techniques too. For instance, AI will do a better job when it comes to making routine, repeatable decisions, thereby freeing up lawyers to do what they do best; the law. It will also be more and more useful from a quality control perspective too. And it will also help bring relevant documents to the surface quicker. That being said, it will not replace the human totally, just make the human more efficient. But more on this later.

With the courts now more accepting of AI there will be greater emphasis on professionals to show they understand and are using the technology correctly. We can expect unfavourable rulings for parties who are basing decisions, particularly around the culling or dismissing of documents, based on the incorrect application of AI.

AI will become a fundamental process across the lifecycle of disputes and investigations. Post-processing insights such as date range summaries and search term analysis will be complemented by highlighting and grouping conceptually similar documents and visualisations showing the interactions and relationships between people in the case. Improvements in accuracy and efficiency will be found in the quality control process, with AI used to help identify potentially relevant documents that may not have been considered relevant by the review team. Most importantly, quality control will no longer be left to the end of the project but will become a continuous, evolving process used throughout the project lifecycle.

Through the continued use of AI, we will see increased comfort and trust from lawyers and their clients. With the ability to identify relevant material quicker and visualise patterns in communications lawyers can spend less time on the routine, repeatable review processes and more time on strategy.