United States District Court, Northern District of California, Guidelines for the Discovery of Electronically Stored Information

These Guidelines should guide the parties as they engage in electronic discovery. The purpose of  these Guidelines is to encourage reasonable electronic discovery with the goal of limiting the cost,  burden and time spent, while ensuring that information subject to discovery is preserved and  produced to allow for fair adjudication of the merits. At all times, the discovery of ESI should be handled consistently with Fed. R. Civ. P. 1 to “secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding.”

These Guidelines also promote, when ripe, the early resolution of disputes regarding the discovery  of ESI without Court intervention.

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