Custodian targets

In Collect, you manage custodians that have an associated data source. The custodian target is the combination of a custodian and data source. It is an endpoint from which Collect can connect to and collect from. For example, a custodian's Microsoft Outlook account is a custodian target.

To collect from custodians, entities either have to exist, be created, or be imported in Relativity. For more information on populating Relativity with entities, see Entity object. The custodian and their primary email address also needs to be associated to the data source. When the primary email address field for a custodian is present, Collect will auto-generate the required targets for each data source while setting up a collection job.

These data source locations are either Google Workspace, Microsoft 365, Slack, or X1.

Note: Custodian targets will automatically be generated based on the primary email address in the Entity record for the Google Workspace, Microsoft 365, Slack, and X1 data sources. Custodian targets can still be generated manually. For more information, see Generating targets in the wizard.


If a custodian does not exist, you can manually create an entity from the Entities tab. Once you create an entity in the Collect Custodian view and add it to a collect project, it becomes a custodian. For more information, see Entity object.

You can add custodians to Collect at different times throughout the collection process. There are different ways to populate the entity list including using Integration Points, Import/Export, or manually. For more information, see Integration Points and Import/Export. To manually create a new custodian, follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to the Entities tab.
  2. Click New Entity on the Custodians tab.
  3. Select the Collection History layout from the drop-down menu and complete the fields. See Fields.
  4. Click Save.

Note: When creating a custodian from Legal Hold, the Custodians - Legal Hold View is selected by default. If Collection or Processing is also installed in the same workspace, you can view the Custodians - Processing View or Custodians - Collection View accordingly.


The Collection Custodian layout provides the following fields:

  • Custodian Type—select one of the following:
    • Person—select this to enter first and last name of the individual acting as custodian of the data you wish to process.
    • Other—select this if the custodian of the data you wish to process is not an individual but is, for example, just a company name. You can also select this if you wish to enter an individual's full name without having that name include a comma once you export the data associated with it. Selecting this changes the Custodian layout to remove the required First Name and Last Name fields and instead presents a required Full Name field.
  • First Name—the first name of the custodian. This field is only available if you've set the Custodian Type above to Person.
  • Last Name—the last name of the custodian. This field is only available if you've set the Custodian Type above to Person.
  • Full Name—the full name of the custodian of the data you wish to process. This field is only available if you've set the Custodian Type above to Entity. When you enter the full name of an entity, that name does not contain a comma when you export the data associated with it.
  • Email—the email the custodian uses in the target. This email address must match the email address within the connected data source.

Creating a custodian target

You can collect electronic data from custodians who are individuals or entities involved in a legal action or case. You can collect electronic data for custodians from their computers, external hard drives, network drives, and other sources. You may perform multiple collections from a single custodian. On the Custodians tab, you can create and edit custodians as well as view their details, associate them with collections, and perform other tasks.

Use the following procedure to create a custodian target that you can associate with a collection:

  1. Enter the Name of the custodian target.
  2. Click Select to select available custodians. If the custodian does not exist, click Add and complete additional steps.
  3. Click the Data Source drop-down menu to select a data source. For more information Collection data sources, see Data source types.
  4. Enter the custodian's email address in the Target field.

To avoid duplicate custodians, a custodian with multiple emails, you will need to link a second custodian target to the same entity. To make a second custodian target for the same entity, you will need to create another target.

In the target, select the same entity. Then, select the other data source and enter the target value. This way you can have multiple targets, different from the primary email address, for a single entity record.

Generating targets in the wizard

Custodian Targets can also be automatically generated in Step 4 of the Collect wizard. Click Generate Targets to check if targets exist for the custodians you've selected for collection. If the targets do not exist, Collect creates them based on the email address in the Entity details in each custodian. For more information, see Collection Summary.

If an invalid custodian target is created manually, the auto-generation of custodian targets does not remove the invalid custodian target. The invalid custodian target needs to be removed manually. Find out if there are any errored targets in the Collection Summary step or on the Status Summary tab. To delete a custodian target from the Custodians Targets tab, click the data sources checkbox and use the Delete mass operation.

Removing custodian targets

To remove any custodian target, the custodian first needs to be removed from the collection, or collections. You can use the Mass delete operation to delete collect custodians, also known as entities. For more information, see Mass delete.

Trying to delete a custodian target before removing a custodian will result in an error.