Litigation Hold Toolkit

Resources to help counsel preserve documents and implement a litigation hold (also known as a legal hold, document hold, hold order, or preservation order).

Practical Law Litigation

When a company anticipates or becomes a party to litigation, an investigation, or an audit, it must suspend routine document deletion and issue a litigation hold ( to preserve all relevant information. The litigation hold notice should:

  • Require the organization and its employees to immediately suspend the routine destruction in the ordinary course of business of relevant hard copy (paper) and electronic data, including e-mails, voicemails, text messages, and social media content.

  • Require the preservation of, and prevent modifications to, all relevant hard copy documents and electronic data within the employees' control.

The failure to timely issue a litigation hold notice can subject a company to severe sanctions, such as monetary penalties, adverse inference jury instructions, default judgment, or dismissal.

This Toolkit includes continually maintained resources designed to help counsel effectively preserve information.


Practice Notes


Standard Documents







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