Here is a quick tip for attorneys who need photographs for court.

With Google Maps (Included), you can take street-level photographs while meeting with prospective witnesses. Open the app, select your location, and click on the power button and the Apple home button at the same time to take a screenshot. Your screenshot is saved in Photos (Included) for you to edit in Adobe Photoshop Express (Free). The edited photo can be emailed, uploaded to Dropbox, or printed for court.

Here is how it works.


A witness provides a key address. Click on Google Maps, input the address, and select search:

Next to the search result, click on the blue “I” icon and select the street view, which brings up a street-level photograph of the address:

The witness can discuss the location, which helps refresh their memory and provides you with additional detail about the event. Click on the arrows. Google Maps allows you to scroll through the photograph to get the best angle:

Now that the witness has identified the location, click on the power button and the Apple home button at the same time to take a screenshot:

Your screenshot is saved as a photo on the iPad, which you can upload via Dropbox or edit for court with Adobe Photoshop Express (Free):

Of course, Google Maps is no substitute for visiting the scene with a digital camera. However, if you have a high-volume practice, the time saved with by taking screenshots on the iPad helps tremendously.

For questions, comments, or help using the Apple iPad at work, please contact me at

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Rob Dean

Rob Dean is an lawyer in Roanoke, Virginia, where he concentrates his practice on employment law and personal injury litigation. For help using the iPad at work, email him at

3 Responses to Need Photos for Court? Take Screenshots with Google Maps

  1. Bill Latham says:

    Very useful information- thanks.

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