Nuix, an Australian based vendor of electronic discovery (eDiscovery) and corporate investigation software, has released a free ‘Step-by-Step Guide to Effective Early Case Assessment (ECA)’, which outlines how to use investigative review techniques to achieve optimal eDiscovery results.

As data volumes increase and litigation becomes increasingly complex and costly, ECA is of growing importance in helping to determine the relevant issues and facts early on, leading to earlier settlements and shorter overall litigation processes.

Nuix CEO, Eddie Sheehy, and CTO (Chief Technology Officer), Stephen Stewart, have broken down the best practices for ensuring ECA is carried out efficiently and effectively.  

The ten key steps for effective ECA are:
1. Understand your case
2. Undertake fast, targeted and forensically sound collections
3. Use fast and scalable processing tools
4. Use targeted searches to investigate your case and key custodians
5. Establish the context of your key facts
6. Navigate and organize the data in seconds
7. Seamlessly add additional sets of eyes
8. Undertake a rapid first pass review
9. Consider the metadata as well as the data
10. Iterate the process

To learn more about how investigative review techniques can simplify ECA and eDiscovery in general, download the guide at