Two speakers from SPI litigation direct presented useful information at the recent NJCCA Full Day Conference. Their PowerPoint slides explain the need for litigation contingency planning, and talk through the basic steps: assess discovery patterns in your law suits, look at the technology and processes that can help you respond to that discovery, and develop the components that count (policies, resources and workflow). The document has an especially good slide on hold notices.
Given the mushrooming costs of discovery, especially electronic discovery, deliberate thought beforehand pays off (See my posts on March 5, 2005 about a blog on e-discovery, Aug. 24, 2005 more generally on e-discovery, and Oct. 1, 2005 about expenses.).