Craig Ball: Explainer on Native File BATES Numbering

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Craig Ball, author of the award winning Ball in Your Court, has published another step by step tutorial for a thorny eDiscovery task: native file BATES labeling. [Note: Craig Ball is EDRM’s General Counsel.]

Titled, “C’mon! Bates Numbering Native Production is Easy“, Craig lays out free and almost free software alternatives for the various sorts of native file BATES.

There are various ways to do it.  You can prepend Bates number (Bates##_filename.ext), append Bates number (filename_Bates##.ext) or replace the filename with the Bates number, storing the original name in a load file.  You can even add protective language like “PRODUCED SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER.”

Software to accomplish the numbering includes  File Renamer Basic, Ant Renamer and File Renamer for MacOS 64 bit

The post includes screen shots of the software, and the resulting list of BATES numbered native files.


Mary Mack

Mary Mack is the CEO and Chief Legal Technologist for EDRM. Mary was the co-editor of the Thomson Reuters West Treatise, eDiscovery for Corporate Counsel for 10 years and the co-author of A Process of Illumination: the Practical Guide to Electronic Discovery. She holds the CISSP among her certifications.

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