In the electronic discovery industry, we deal primarily with data in its electronic form. However, there are instances where we receive requests to print the electronic documents to paper. The term we use for this is “blowback”. This term originated from the microfilm and microfiche industry.
Typically, the electronic documents will be reviewed from within a database and they will be categorized. For instance, there could be a category related to preparation for an upcoming deposition. Once the documents are categorized in the database, the attorney will request that a paralegal prepare deposition binders that will contain these documents. Litigation Support can assist with getting the documents printed. We will provide a vendor with the electronic data for these specific documents and we will request “blowbacks” of the documents.
When we request the “blowbacks”, there are some options we can choose. We might suggest that the documents be printed onto three-hole punch paper so that it will be easy for the paralegals to prepare the binders. Another option might be to request “slipsheets”. “Slipsheets” are single pages, typically printed on colored paper, that will be positioned between each document. The process of slipsheeting the documents can be accomplished automatically using multiple paper trays in the printer. Additionally, we can request that certain information be printed on the slipsheet that will assist in identifying the document that follows the slipsheet. For example, it might be helpful to have the document title or document date printed on the slipsheet. Often times, the printed documents are organized in chronological order within the deposition binder, so having the document date from the database as a reference on the slipsheet can be helpful to the paralegal.