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GoodReader ($2.99) is a file management system for organizing case files during trial. Rather than shuffling papers at counsel table, which is especially distracting to a jury, GoodReader allows you to save and open multiple file formats (.doc, .pdf, .mp3) within each case file. A sample case file might include an list of witness questions, deposition transcripts, medical records, case law, audio recordings, and research memos on certain legal issues.
Here is a sample workflow for annotating a case document during trial.
Select the file you want to view (e.g., “Virginia Objections ’08-’09″):
Here is how the document appears on the Apple iPad:
Hold your stylus down on the screen and select “Highlight” to highlight text:
Select “Save to this file”:
Here is the document, now saved as highlighted:
Hold your stylus down on the screen and select “Draw” to write in the margin:
Select “Freehand” to write in the margin:
Write in the margin with your stylus and save in the upper right corner:
Throughout the day, I use GoodReader as my home base for saving and viewing documents in court. Annotations allow me to mark-up multiple documents and save them for future reference. As a prosecutor, it is especially useful to have each case ready and organized in front of me during docket. I can edit case files from my office computer, save to Dropbox, then off I go to court. As the judge calls each case, I open the corresponding file in GoodReader.
For questions, comments, or help using the Apple iPad at work, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming EventsRoanoke Valley Paralegals Association
May 9, 2013
Topic: "iPad Presentation at Trial: Presenting Your Case with TrialPad, Keynote, and Exhibit View"