Repository Administrators can define document retention and archiving policies. A retention policy allows repository administrators to permanently delete (purge) older documents or documents that meet a certain criteria. For example, a policy could be created to mark documents of a particular matter type for deletion when a specified number of days or years has passed after the matter closed date.
Retention Policies will support policies based on matter type, matter closing date, and other criteria. Administrators will have a chance to confirm a mass deletion before purging documents when retention policies indicate they should be purged.
Creating and Activating Retention Policies
When the document retention policies feature is enabled, a link will be available on the Repository Administration page:
The “Document Retention Policies” page will appear as follows:
Click “Add a new policy” to define a new policy:
The policy’s fields are described below.
After defining a retention policy, click OK. The dialog will close and the underlying page will update to show the new retention policy.
The policy name field will allow only letters, digits, spaces, dashes, and forward slashes. The maximum name length is 25 characters.
Administrators can add a description to retention policies in the description field on the Retention Policy dialog. Policy descriptions are limited to 120 characters.
“Policy is active” defaults to unchecked.
The document criteria dropdown contains the names of all the repository’s custom attributes except for Notes type field. There will be an additional entry for each attribute with “ Type” appended to the attribute name.
If there are no non-Notes type custom attributes in the repository, a message will display saying “Profile attributes must be defined before retention policies can be added.”
The first field on the Retention Period line will accept numeric entries between 1 and 9999. The first Retention period dropdown’s values are “years” and “days”; the default is years. The second retention period dropdown’s values are “last modified date” and “xxx closing date”, where xxx is the attribute selected for Document Criteria.
Using Parent-Child Attributes
If a linked parent attribute is selected in the Document criteria dropdown of the Retention Policy Definition dialog, an additional set of fields for the child attribute will be displayed:
The child attribute drop-down lists the child attributes of the selected parent attribute plus a blank entry. The 2nd Retention period drop-down will include a closing date entry for the child attribute if one is selected, and a closing date entry for the parent attribute if no child attribute is selected.
Using Lookup Buttons
On the retention policy definition page you will be provided with a lookup buttton. The retention period is keyed off the workspace attribute’s closing date even when the workspace attribute is not used in the selection criteria.
The lookup button on this dialog acts like it does on the Advanced Search page. If multiple values are selected, then each value is automatically surrounded by parentheses and an OR operator is automatically inserted between values.
If workspaces have been enabled for any cabinets in the repository the trigger date listbox will include an entry for the workspace attribute closing date, i.e. “Matter closing date.” If the document criteria attribute is the same as a workspace attribute, the attribute will not be listed twice in the listbox.
When “Activate selected policies” is clicked, all the marked policies will be set to active.
When “Deactivate selected policies” is clicked, all the marked policies will be set to inactive.
When “Delete selected policies” is clicked, a confirmation message box will display asking if the user is sure he/she wants to delete the selected policies. If he/she confirms the deletion, the selected policies will be deleted.
When you click OK on the Document Retention Policies page, all the changes will be saved. Clicking Cancel will discard the changes. You will be returned to the Repository Administration page.
Retention Policy History
An unalterable record is available of all changes made to purging rules.
Each activation and deactivation of a document retention policy is recorded. Edits and deletions of active retention policies (but not of inactive deletion policies) are recorded. Each of these records will include the current date/time, the user who performed the action, the name of the policy, and the policy’s criteria and retention period. If the policy name is changed both the old name and the new name are included in the log entry.
A link to view the Retention Policy Log is found at the bottom of the Retention Policies page:
A Retention policy history will look like this: (with records sorted chronologically)
NOTE: A repository’s retention policy log is deleted automatically when the repository is deleted.