Every day it seems that the list of apps developed specifically for lawyers is growing exponentially. And there’s a good reason for this: lawyer’s use of iPads and iPhones in their law practice is increasing exponentially every year. In fact, according to the American Bar Association’s 2012 Technology Survey Report, 49% of lawyers who use smartphones prefer the iPhone and 91% who use tablets prefer the iPad. So, not surprisingly, as lawyers increasingly use Apple mobile devices, the market for legal specific apps has expanded.
Two of the most popular and rapidly growing categories of apps for lawyers are those developed for use during trial and during the pre-trial discovery phase of litigation. And, when it comes to the trial apps, there are apps devoted to assisting with the jury selection process and there are the trial presentation apps.
Jury Selection iPad Apps
First, let’s consider the jury selection apps.
The least expensive of the jury selection apps is the JuryTracker app ($4.99). This app provides an easy way to keep track of observations regarding jurors and allows you to organize your notes and predictions regarding each juror.
The iJury app ($14.99) facilitates analysis of juror responses by allowing you to score responses as either negative or positive. You can also generate metrics about your prospective jury.
Another jury selection app is the iJuror app ($19.99), which allows you to add jurors to a configurable seating chart and you can then add information and notes about the jurors.
Another voir dire app is the JuryStar iPad app ($29.99). This app was developed by an attorney and has a number of built-in features designed to make it easy to assess your jury panel at a glance, including color codes for the gender of jurors, the ability to add a custom color code for another category of your choosing, and the creation of custom fields.
JuryDuty ($39.99), another app designed to assist with voir dire, allows you to enter unlimited notes about each juror.
Trial Presentation Apps
Now let’s move on to the trial apps.
First, there’s the newly released TrialDirector app (free), which makes it easy to create case folders and you can then add exhibits via your Dropbox or iTunes accounts, which you can then annotate.
Exhibit A ($9.99) is another trial presentation app through which you can import your documents, photos, etc., via Dropbox, iTunes, WiFi, FTP or email. After import you can organize your files into “projects,” highlight and mark your exhibits, and then share them with the jury using your iPad.
And last but not least, the TrialPad app ($89.99), through which you can import files using Dropbox, WebDAV, email, iTunes, Photos app, or other iPad apps. You can then highlight, annotate, redact and zoom in on your documents and compare documents side by side.
Pre-trial iPad Apps
Now let’s review some of the pre-trial apps available to lawyers.
First, there’s the DocketLaw app, a free iPhone and iPad calendaring tool. With this app you can easily calculate court deadlines based on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. You can create events based on a trigger, a review of actual rule text, and via calculation logic, and once you calculate the date you can email the results, add events to your calendar, and assign a matter description.
Mobile Transcript is another trial app which facilitates the review and annotation of deposition or court transcript files. This app is free at its most basic level, and you can upgrade to more advanced versions for $29 or $39 depending on which features you need.
Next is the iPleading app ($4.99), a mobile litigation template generator. Using this app you can create litigation documents on the fly by entering your name, bar number, address, phone and fax. Then, you select an email address where you would like to send the completed templates. Next, you’ll receive an email with a custom template attached to it which includes a fillable PDF template for the first page of the pleading, and a second page formatted as a proper pleading, which you then use this to draft the rest of the pleading.
The Deponent app ($9.99) is a trial app designed to help lawyers prepare for depositions by providing an interface which facilitates the creation of question and exhibit outlines. It offers over 150 categories of deposition questions, which you can customize by creating categories of your own choosing.
Finally, there’s TranscriptPad ($49.99) which assists lawyers in reviewing and organizing transcripts by creating color-coded designations, searching for specific phrases, flagging important sections, and generating reports. You can then share the reports or flagged portions of the transcript via email.
So there you have it–a comprehensive list of litigation apps,many designed by lawyers, with the work flow and needs of trial attorneys in mind. I hope you find this post useful and if there are any apps that I might have missed, please let me know in the comments.