Author(s): Kristine Hamann, PCE
The Benefits of Electronic Discovery
Prosecutors are obligated to provide timely and complete discovery, particularly with regard to exculpatory and impeachment material. The discovery process can be complex and time consuming. Failure to properly record discovery documents provided to the defense can jeopardize cases and put prosecutors at risk of being charged with ethical violations. Thus, prosecutors are turning to technology to streamline the discovery process and to create a reliable record of what was turned over to the defense and when. Though the development of an electronic discovery system requires an initial investment of time and funding, it will significantly benefit a prosecutor’s office by providing accurate records, a speedier process and appropriate accountability for all parties.