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Great Southern Class Action

3,657 boxes of hard copy records, along with 10 million electronic files. Not a single hard copy document handed to the judge.

Challenge

The collapse of the Great Southern Group in 2009 resulted in the largest commercial electronic hearing that has run in the Supreme Court of Victoria. A total of 23,000 investors were affected by the collapse, which gave rise to a significant number of proceedings Australiawide. It was decided the Supreme Court of Victoria would manage the 80+ Victorian matters already issued in the County Court, plus those issued in other states, and that they would be stayed pending the outcome of the main trial.

Solution

Epiq was enlisted by the parties and the court to create the electronic court book, set up the courtroom to operate wholly electronically, and to handle the day-to-day operation of the eHearing.

Execution

  • Epiq implemented a document and trial management protocol to ensure the trial ran in a consistent and predictable way
  • Dedicated Online Review Books were established for each party containing all agreed documents as well as other relevant material such as legislation, case law and material private to each party
  • Epiq implemented real-time transcript to complement the Online Review Book
  • Epiq provided all necessary hardware and software to facilitate the electronic hearing

Results

By implementing electronic trial management, streamlining workflows, and removing the need for paper through the Online Review Book, Epiq enabled time and cost savings of approximately 30%.

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