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Rules

The Federal Judicial Center has created a reference guide for Judges regarding e-Discovery and the issues that arise with digital discovery in criminal cases. The guide gives the Court suggestions how to ensure that defense counsel has the necessary support for managing e-discovery.  The guide also provides suggestions on holding discovery status hearings and what should be asked of the parties.  Most people now have smart phones which have 30-60+ gigabytes of data, tablets which can have 120+ gigabytes of data, and computers which have hard drives containing terabytes of data storage. E-Discovery is more common now in all cases, not just the white-collar crimes as in the past.  The guide offers information on how to manage large amounts of discovery and how the Court can assist counsel in ensuring that they have the tools needed to review, manage, and organize e-Discovery.  

Criminal e-Discovery-A Pocket Guide for Judges

Links:

Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure / Sixth Circuit Rules / Sixth Circuit Internal Operating Procedures

Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure

Federal Rules of Evidence

Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure

Local Rules --  U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio