The Compagnie Financiere et Commerciale du Pacifique v. The Peruvian Guano Co. (1882), 11 Q.B.D. 55). Under that test, the scope of possibly relevant documents is so broad that what can or should be disclosed is potentially limitless. The new Civil Rule 7-1 reflects the conclusion of the Civil Justice Reform Working Group that adherence to that test is no longer viable given the greater complexity of modern litigation and the prevalence and proliferation of electronic data. In the absence of a new standard for discovery, existing practices have become a barrier to resolving disputes in a cost-effective and timely manner. Yet only time will tell whether the intent of the new rule will effect tangible change to current litigation practices. The broad scope given to the question of relevance has also impacted practices governing oral discovery. Next time, I will look at how the new rules address the use of interrogatories and examinations for discovery. ]]>