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adj. ~ Law · Useful to prove or disprove some matter or fact.

(Skupsky and Manta–a 1994, p. 71) The duty to preserve records arises from the same sources as the duty to create them: statute, regulation, and contract. When the records relate to litigation or potential litigation an additional duty arises to preserve relevant material. Once records become relevant to a legal dispute, the fact that there was no duty to have created them in the first place becomes irrelevant.