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Often, in large cases, there are a lot of electronic documents. Documents may include emails, scanned discovery, scanned pleadings, and other court documents. Emails may contain correspondence, pleadings, and discovery. Emails may be between the attorney and client or between attorneys working on the matter. If the opposing party does not have an attorney, the emails may be between one party's attorney and the pro se litigant.
During the discovery process, most documentation must be provided to the opposing party's attorney or the opposing party. Some documents are considered attorney-client privilege or otherwise confidential, and are not discoverable. Attorneys must review documents for exceptions to the discovery process. This is time consuming in larger cases. Experienced, temporary attorneys provide help with document review services for cases that have a lot of electronic documentation. During the document review process, documents that fall under the attorney-client privilege rule, or other confidential documents, are separated from documents that are discoverable.