Justice File management in the Information age

DEA Gets Lawsuit Dismissed Because It Couldn’t Cope With Two Terabytes Of Evidence | Techdirt. 28 August 2012

This post is not so much about the case above than a more general comment on managing files at trial in complex cases.

apparently, here the US DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) found it difficult to manage 2 terabytes of info and 400,000 documents. Apart that, like Mr Masnik, I found the rationale rather unconvincing (it’s not much today 2 terabytes, and it does not cost much to buy a mobile hard drive of that size compared to even one year ago), it made me think of justice file management of big cases. There was always a problem in dealing with a huge amount of documents for one case. Paper versions – the only version for centuries until very recently – took space and time to go through them. Computers can ease the reading and filing, but there is still the issue of security and reliability of the information kept. 400,000 documents for a case are not necessarily much today, but one still needs time and security


About Audrey Guinchard

Senior Lecturer @ University of Essex (UK)
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