hold order

hold order
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An organization's order to preserve any data, records (electronic and paper) and materials that may be relevant to current or contemplated litigation or government investigation. It is meant to stop an organization's standard procedure of discarding documents, files, e-mails, voicemails and other electronic records in the normal course of business.
It helps protect relevant documents from destruction and ensure they remain available for the discovery process before litigation.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

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