The following Guest Post is from Steven Farrell:
Streaming high-definition videos anywhere in the world, games that were never thought possible, and complete social connectivity are just a few of the features on iPad‘s résumé. This amazing piece of technology has changed the way that people live, but could it potentially change the legal system? Absolutely, and a few of these professionals have already jumped on board.
Trial Prep Work For Paralegals And Attorneys
Most legal professionals say that for every hour in court, two to ten hours of prep work had to be done. This includes interviewing witnesses, studying crime scenes, preparing statements, and going through huge amounts of previous trials and rulings. After the information has been collected, it must be compressed into an easy-to-use format. What better way to do that than an iPad?
Writepad is an iPad app which not only recognizes handwritten notes, but allows users to quickly and efficiently manipulate PDF files. It also allows for annotations to be made on the fly and even sharing between Apple products. Other apps with similar PDF features include Zosh, School Notes Pro, and Aji iAnnotate. School Notes Pro comes in at a close second to Writepad with the ability to have real-time collaboration over WiFi and full voice recognition.
During The Trial
Once lawyers and attorneys are deep into a trial, it can become a painstakingly long process to take notes, keep their own information in order, and keep up with everything being said and done. Usually this would require a team of assistants, trial consultants, and paralegals. With an iPad the process becomes infinitely easier as the presentation of evidence, from pictures to verbal testimonies, can be done with a single tap.
Keynote is Apple’s response to Window’s affluent Powerpoint. It allows for stunning presentations that can filled to the brim with videos, photos, charts, websites, and even sound clips. This presentations can be sent over a local WiFi network to a large projector screen or directly to a TV in front of the jury and judge. All of the controls can be done through the iPad itself, with an iPhone app, or through an optional remote controller.
The American Bar Association has actually released a list of ‘must-have’ apps for the legal professional. One of the most impressive apps on the list is FastCase. This app allows for the immediate searching of statutes and laws by citation number or key words. Their website also offers free tutorials on the quickest ways to search for laws and various features which make FastCase stand out.
About the Author: Steven Farrell is the administrator of ReversePhoneLookup.org, a site where you can perform a reverse phone lookup for as little as $1.