The net effect of the recommendations will be that:
- judicial officers are encouraged and supported in their role as robust case managers;
- parties and practitioners will have a clearer understanding of what is expected of them in relation to discovery obligations;
- the scope of discovery will be defined more clearly and in the context of an understanding of how information is stored and can be accessed; and
- the clarity of expectations and certainty in obligations will help to maintain proportionality in discovery costs.