Friday 26 December 2014

IBRC seeks electronic review of Quinn files

Tim Healy

Published 01/07/2014 | 02:30

Sean Quinn Snr. Picture: GERRY MOONEY
Sean Quinn Snr. Picture: GERRY MOONEY

A BANK wants to use new technology to analyse the relevance of around 1.75 million documents for its action alleging members of bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn's family conspired to put valuable assets beyond its reach.

It would be first time for the system – called technology assisted review (TAR) – to be used to identify relevant documents as part of legal disclosure of information in a court case, the Commercial Court heard.

However, it has been used in cases in the US courts.

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) – the former Anglo Irish Bank – wants to use it as part of the discovery of documents process in its case against the Quinns.

Karyn Harty, solicitor for IBRC, said the process was "very efficient and very accurate", particularly where the number of documents exceeds one million.

It involves a computer "learning" what document is, or is not, relevant from expert practitioners who code batches of randomly selected documents for relevance at the outset of the review, she said in an affidavit.

Charlotte Simpson, for the Quinns, submitted that IBRC should not be allowed to frame the questions used to determine relevance of documents without input from her side.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly said some 1.7 million pieces of electronic data and 160,000 hard copy documents had to be analysed.

He adjourned the matter for two weeks.

Irish Independent

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