Monday, May 7, 2012
Going To Court With Less Paper
But what if I the judge asks me a question that goes beyond those briefs? What if I need to make reference to some of the case law I cited. What if the judge cannot find one of the underlying docs I have asked him to take judicial notice of in the court file? Shouldn't I have everything with me in its bulky paper form? My answer is no, I don't need the entire paper case. Instead I will put it on my iPad, and carry it to court with me. What are the steps to make it happen? Glad you asked!
First a bit of background. Our practice is digitized. Every piece of paper that comes in on a case, or goes out on a case is converted into a pdf document. Everything that could be in the paper file is in the matter's electronic file. For tomorrow's hearing I simply copy the matter's electronic file (right click the mouse, select "copy"). Then I open my Dropbox account from the icon on the desktop of my office computer. I create a file in Dropbox, then I paste the electronic file into that folder (right click mouse, select "paste"). In a couple of minutes the file is transferred to Dropbox.
Next I get on my iPad, and open my PDF Expert app. You have lots of choices here, Evernote, iAnnotate, etc., etc. I use PDF Expert as my tried and true favorite. I access my Dropbox account from within PDF Expert, go to Edit, and then select the file that I just copied. Then I click "Download" in PDF Expert. In a few brief moments the entire matter file is downloaded to my iPad, available at my finger tips.
I have the entire matter on my iPad. Not only that, but I also have all of the California Codes. I have access to every published California opinion thanks to my Westlaw Next account. I have the app for Attorney Briefcase, my favorite family law research product. I have it all, in a format barely bigger than a comic book. Not bad!
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