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Electronic discovery — also called e-discovery or ediscovery — is the process of obtaining and exchanging evidence in a legal case, litigation, or investigation. E-discovery is used in the initial phases of litigation when involved parties are required to provide relevant records and evidence related to a case.

This process includes obtaining and exchanging electronic data that is sought, located, secured, and searched for with the intent of using it as evidence. E-discovery can include email messages, word processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, web pages, and any other digital information that is relevant to a legal case.

However, e-discovery is also used for business processes – not just legal. us performance analysis, logs of client communication, archiving of projects, etc.

In this support note, we will explain how to use Export Emails to Sheets for the electronic discovery of emails.

First, let’s familiarize ourselves with basic e-discovery steps:

  1. Identification The first step is the act of identifying what information what need to collected. For example, do you require to collect all e-mails corresponded in last 4 year – on only in last 6 months.
  2. Preservation Now that all potentially relevant information has been identified, it must be protected against being altered, moved, or deleted in order to maintain the integrity of the records and the organization providing them. In plain terms, do the backup of all your emails.
  3. Collection Information in this hold has been gathered into a collection and is ready for the processing, review, and analysis portions.
  4. Processing, Review, and Analysys This step is all about reducing the volume of information. During processing, any irrelevant information or duplicates that were initially captured in the hold should be removed. Also in this step, you will evaluate the relevance of each email message or attachment. And finally look for patterns, topics, discussions, etc. In legal discovery, this step also helps develop the legal strategy.
  5. Production and Presentation
    This is the final step before the information is presented as evidence to the courts. In other words, all your emails need to be packaged as a PDF document or in some other format.

Here is how to do the above steps in the context of Gmail email messages and Export Emails to Sheets:

  1. Identification
    • As the first step, you should create a Gmail label containing all email messages that might need to be collected. For example, create a label with the name ALL EMAILS WHICH MIGHT BE NEEDED. Short instructions on how to create a Gmail label are here.
    • Add all necessary emails to that label.
    • If you also need emails from other team members or colleagues share that label with them using Email Label Sharing by cloudHQ.
  2. Preservation, and Collection
    • After the label is created and all potential emails are in the label, start an Export Emails to Sheets job to export all these email messages to a Google spreadsheet. The instruction on how to do that are here.
    • If you are unsure if all emails are in the label, do not worry. The export job is continuous, and as soon as you add something to your label it will be uploaded to your Google spreadsheet.
  3. Processing, Review, and Analysys
    • Open the spreadsheet and analyze your emails. Delete rows with emails that are duplicates or irrelevant. You can share this spreadsheet with others to collaborate on it.
  4. Production and Presentation
    • After you are finished with the spreadsheet, and it contains only relevant information you can package all emails from the spreadsheet into one PDF. The instructions on how to do that are here.

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