Electronic Bundles in Court

CaseLines Delivers iPad Ready Documents

CaseLines is the online Cloud tool for bundle generation.  CaseLines supports the full generation of hyperlinked and bookmarked PDF bundles ready for print and use on the iPad.  CaseLines requires no software installation and is charged on a per case basis.  CaseLines allows all court attendees direct secure and authorised access to the bundle on their iPad, including last minute updates.  

Summary

Bundles can be taken into court on an iPad providing the right tools are used to prepare the bundle.  CaseLines is one of these tools, and is available online requiring no installation of software.  We recommend that solicitors use CaseLines to prepare bundles. 

The iPad

The iPad gives court attendees an opportunity to go paperless.  This is because:

 

a) the display functions well for viewing papers

 

b) apps such as iBooks support the navigation requirements including 'page swipe', indexes and bookmarks.

Create Hyperlinked and Bookmarked PDF documents

To make use of the iPad the court attendees need to put the bundle on their iPad as a single PDF, hyperlinked and bookmarked.

 

a) PDF: the standard electronic format for sharing documents

 

b) Single PDF: the whole bundle must be contained in one PDF to aid in navigation

 

c) Hyperlinked: the index must be hyperlinked to the contents of the bundle so that a single touch on an index entry will take the iPad user directly to the correct part of the bundle

 

d) Bookmarked: PDF documents can store an electronic index for display alongside the document.  This considerably aids navigation in apps such as iBooks

 

e) Put the bundle on the iPad: to perform this action the PDF document must be accessed directly from the iPad.  This is best acheived through a secure internet connection to a secure web page containing a download link to the PDF document.

Use a Bundle Generation Tool

To generate the bundle as a single hyperlinked and bookmarked PDF the solicitor needs to use a bundle generation tool.  It is insufficient to use a photocopier to scan a paper bundle and then send the resulting PDF.  This is because the resulting PDF will not be hyperlinked or bookmarked and therefore will not have the navigation capability required by the court attendees.

Understand the Different Types of Tools

There are a number of bundle generation tools available that meet these requirements.  They fall into two main classes:

  

a) Online Cloud tools, immediately available through secure internet connections.  With these tools there is no upfront installation cost and the tools are available for immediate use.  Cost is usually low on a per case basis and fully recovered through reduced effort in bundle production combined with high quality bundle production.

 

b) Software tools that require to be installed at the lawyers office.  With these tools there is an upfront cost of use in purchasing a licence for use and installing the software on one or more PCs. There is also an ongoing cost of maintaining the software.

CaseLines Delivers iPad Ready Documents

CaseLines is the online Cloud tool for bundle generation.  CaseLines supports the full generation of hyperlinked and bookmarked PDF bundles ready for print and use on the iPad.  CaseLines requires no software installation and is charged on a per case basis.  CaseLines allows all court attendees direct secure and authorised access to the bundle, including last minute updates.  

For more information on electronic bundles in court contact the CaseLines team:

 

Tel: 08447 705535

Email: info@caselines.co.uk