By: Cassie Preston
Electronically stored information (ESI) is information created, manipulated, communicated, stored, and best utilized in digital form, requiring the use of computer hardware or software. ESI examples include documents, images, emails, videos, voicemails, network hardware, cell phones, social media account information among many other types. With all of this information being collected, it is important to understand the methods available to properly obtain and introduce this information into evidence.
The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 34(a) enables a party in a civil lawsuit to require another party to produce and permit a requesting party to inspect, copy, test, or sample "any designated documents or electronically stored information".
Our infographic below provides tips on collecting ESI.