The Federal Court of Australia is revising and extensively expanding its guidelines on e-Discovery: "Document Management, Discovery and the use of Technology in the conduct of Litigation" . The new guidelines were due to come into effect 1 July 2008, but appears to have been delayed for more consultation (latest draft is Revision 7, 1 July 2008). Until then the guidelines issued 20 April 2000 are being used: "Guidelines for the use of information technology in litigation in any civil matter".
Discovery is the process by which parties to a civil court case look for relevant information the other party may have. This used to involve a visit to an office and lost of photocopying. With e-discovery the emphasis is on searching electronic record archives, email and other databases. Rules are needed to prevent the legal process being swamped with irrelevant detail.
As well as the "Practice Note" itself, there is a checklist, glossary and two document management protocols. The Advanced Document Management Protocol (ADMP) is intended for where there are more than 5000 Documents expected: