Benefits of Technology-Assisted Translation Solutions in Litigation

By Jonathan Laidler, Business Development Director, Park IP Translations

iStock_000058119802_MediumIn any multi-jurisdictional litigation, getting all documentation into English (or any source language) for review can be a challenge. Some of our clients receive huge amounts of data and it is a big task to filter through all the documents to identify those that are relevant, especially when some of the data is not in the preferred language, usually English. The cost of using human translators right from the start of the E-Discovery process can be astronomical, and foreign-language speaking reviewers can also be expensive. There may also be tight deadlines in place, requiring a lot of content to be translated and reviewed within a short period of time.

At Park IP, we have a proven process for translation work in litigation, supported by a team of global litigation and legal language experts and backed by a strong portfolio of technology-based solutions. Using Park IP’s technology-assisted translation (TAT) solutions for first pass reviews during the discovery process is a defensible way to drive down review costs for clients.

Leveraging technology based solutions to translate large data sets can help clients and law firms to reduce the cost of document review and meet tight timescales that are often in place for many international litigation cases. Technology is used to translate content into “actionable” English, enabling English speaking attorneys to review the vast majority of foreign language documentation and determine the relevance of individual documents to their case in a defensible way.

Once documents have gone through this first pass review stage, the data set has been quickly and cost-effectively narrowed down, ready for the second pass. The second pass is where we start involving human translators in order to offer much higher levels of translation quality.

Overall, the E-Discovery process is becoming increasingly automated. For example, there has been a rapid growth in the use of predictive coding in the discovery process. Predictive coding is a combination of machine-learning technology and work flow processes that use keyword search, filtering and sampling to automate portions of an E-Discovery document review. This method is used to expedite the initial process and swiftly identify documents that are relevant to the case.

The general trend in the legal and litigation translation market is to use translation automation to reduce costs and risks associated with E-Discovery and document review. Although the use of technology and automation is becoming more common in litigation, beware of poor solutions!

A lot of legal translation firms are offering machine translation (MT) solutions. A lot of clients I have worked with have had unfavorable results due to bad technology claiming to do things it can not. Successful use of translation automation is not simply putting E-Discovery content through a MT engine. Some legal translation agencies will use “free” online translation tools. This presents high risk for business use and is certainly not advisable for legal translation.

An effective solution will develop client-specific glossaries, build translation memories (TMs) and keep all content secure and confidential in order to increase the quality and security of the output. Data confidentiality is a challenge for all clients and law firms. Security does not just apply to the technology. It must also apply to any human translator dealing with legal and E-Discovery content. All Park IP’s specialized translators are highly qualified and certified to ensure there are no risks involved in the translation process.

Park IP Translations is always investing in our technology-assisted translation solutions, for example with new and custom plug-ins to clients’ document review platforms. We have dedicated service hubs in Europe, US and Asia, all ready to translate large volumes of documents to short deadlines. Park IP’s ISO 9001:2008 certification enables streamlined, predictable and repeatable processes, which result in timely, accurate and defensible responses for any litigation project – big or small.

Don’t get your fingers burnt by using low cost MT solutions! Use an expert legal translation firm, like Park IP, who continually innovates and develops new technology solutions. Most importantly, select a partner that has the right resources to ensure your E-Discovery documentation is handled appropriately.


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