Once BTG receives your case discovery, a Litigation Support Team is selected and assigned to your case and you will be introduced to your Case Lead. Your Case Lead will be your point of contact at BTG for the duration of your case. The case lead will initiate a conference call (or a series of conference calls, if necessary) to determine if there are any specific case-related issues that we need to include/be cognizant of throughout our organization process. Once we’ve finished the conference call(s), we begin the discovery organization process.
Phase I: We take all case discovery files (whether there are 100 or 1,000,000 files), organize them, code/index them, make them searchable, sortable, filterable, and convert them (if necessary) to a universally useable format. During our objective coding process, we populate fields to make sorting, filtering, and searching through discovery much faster. From each document, we’ll extract information like dates, bates numbers, durations, and total pages. We will also create brief descriptions for each piece of discovery, assign it a type, and create a “mentioned in” field that allows you to search for names, phone numbers, address, vehicles, and other relevant case-entities that are mentioned in a particular piece of discovery. Our initial analysis is completely objective. Our goal is to tell attorneys what they have, where they have it, what’s in it, and how many of “it” they actually have with a few button clicks, so that the “discovery review” portion of a case may be completed faster and with more precision.
Phase II: We create a case Relational Chart that highlights relationships between co-defendants, as well as co-defendants and their identifiable case-entities (phones, residences, addresses). To create this analysis, we utilize all available discovery documentation produced by law-enforcement, to include agency reports, phone data, wiretap data, incident reports, and any other type of discovery. The Relational Chart typically includes 3 distinct page types for each codefendant: a Biographical page that shows a defendant’s connections to phones, residences, and vehicles, a Documents page that identifies each item of a discovery that a defendant is mentioned in; and a Wheel page. The Wheel pages show which defendants are connected in discovery, as well as every piece of discovery that created the connection. The Relational Chart serves as an informative, visual representation of how all the pieces in a case fit together, and more importantly, how they don’t fit together. All of our end-products enable quick-retrieval of any piece of discovery at any time. These work-products are indispensable tools for defense teams in multi-defendant cases, as they provide an invaluable perspective into time, culpability, and strategy. These tools are designed to be simple and can be used by any person at any computer-skill level, but we will train anyone on how to use anything we produce. We can build these discovery tools at any point during a case and we can use them to develop more specific or targeted analyses as the case progresses.
We offer a range of litigation support services and paralegal services for federal and state criminal cases, all designed to help you more effectively and efficiently represent your clients. We’ve worked with Criminal Justice Act Panel attorneys, Federal Defender organizations, and state indigent defense organizations to provide the best possible discovery experience.
In many criminal cases, the discovery disseminated is strategically unorganized, unsearchable, and may not come in any useable format. Whether there are .pdf files, scanned documents, .tiff files, surveillance video, audio recordings, wiretap recordings, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, seized device downloads, .html files, load files, or any other type of discovery, attorneys can quickly become overwhelmed by the technology that’s required to render those things useful in order to present an effective case.
Our services are completely unique and customized for each project so you can get precisely what you need. We have two levels of organization, what we call Phase I and Phase II, that can be utilized at any point during a case.
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The cost-effectiveness of our methods is unparalleled. Behind the Gavel has been commended and recommended by many attorneys and staff across the country for our ability to produce organized discovery in a timely, cost-effective fashion. Federal judges have also recognized and valued the cost-saving abilities that Behind the Gavel can bring to an appointed case. We produce sharply organized, easily searchable discovery faster than anyone has before, meaning that attorneys can receive it faster, review it faster, and focus on their representation instead of the seemingly insurmountable technological challenges that come with resolving electronic discovery issues.
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WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
Behind the Gavel offers the following tools in any combination, at any time, using our adaptable two-step process, to help you put on the most effective and efficient case possible:
TOOLS AND SOLUTIONS
Effective Litigation Support Services and Solutions For Legal Teams
|LITIGATION SUPPORT||DISCOVERY ORGANIZATION||PARALEGAL SERVICES|
Full Text Search Index
Provide File Unitization & Links
Full Text Search Index
Standard File Format Conversion
Sorting and Filtering Capabilities
Transcript Analysis & Organization
|LEGAL ANALYSIS||TRIAL SUPPORT||POST-TRIAL SUPPORT|
Title III Intercepts/Wiretaps
Excerpts of Record