Recent activities in preparing for a trial reminded me that we have not written about using the iPad in court for a while. I have made the iPad one of my standard trial tools of late and strongly recommend it to you for that purpose. In this column, we will give you some tips about using an iPad in court and at trial. My iPad of choice is a 256 GB iPad Pro (9.7”) WiFi + cellular. Please note, however, that the tips in this column do not require an iPad Pro or a high-powered configuration.
Tip 1: Go to the App Store and download a copy of Lit Software LLC’s Ultimate Litigation Bundle ($299.99). The bundle consists of three powerful applications and represents a small savings ($10) over purchasing the individual apps (TrialPad, $129.99; DocReviewPad, $89.99; and Transcript Pad, $89.99). You might as well save the $10, as you will undoubtedly want all three of these applications. There are other apps that you can get that will help you with trial work, but these three live at the top of my list. If you have an iPad and do trial work, you will likely want these apps. They give you the ability you bought the iPad to provide.
Tip 2: Don’t wait until the day before trial to buy the apps. Do it far enough in advance to give you time to learn the functionality of the applications and to enable you to load your documents and transcripts into the programs and get them set up. In fact, the earlier in the game you get the apps the better, as they can help you with your preparation. The applications are not hard to learn, but some of it is not intuitive, and if you read the manuals (downloadable as PDFs), it cuts the learning curve dramatically.
Tip 3: Load your transcripts into TranscriptPad and then go through them and mark them within the application. You will want to load an ASCII file (or a text file) into the program to enable you to mark it. If you have not already established the practice, you should always get one of those (as well as a PDF copy) from your deposition reporter. Using the application, you can highlight, underline, and issue code the transcript very easily.
Tip 4: Load your documents into DocReviewPad and then go through and code them. DocReviewPad helps you review, highlight, notate, and issue code your documents quickly and easily. You can also Bates number each of your documents.
Tip 5: As you get closer to trial, load your evidence into TrialPad. TrialPad lets you easily access your evidence during the trial and doubles as a presentation tool, allowing you to display your evidence through a projected image and to highlight documents, compare them next to each other, and even do callouts. Spend a bit of time working with it as a presentation tool to ensure you have familiarized yourself with its features and its operation.