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Trial by iPad: Demystifying the electronic trial

It was standing room only at the 2016 Technology in Practice conference as Neesons Court Reporting president Kim Neeson spoke about the paperless trial and the best ways to make one a success.

Joined by Chantelle Spagnola and Tanya Barbiero of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Neeson pulled back the curtain on the future of electronic proceedings. The session touched on: innovative practices that will help lawyers prepare and execute matters more efficiently and cost-effectively; the importance of creating an effective and repeatable trial protocol; and how thumb drives and iPads can be invaluable, regardless of the software you have in place.

Technology in Practice, a two-day annual conference held recently and organized by Commonwealth Legal to focus on litigation technology and ediscovery, was attended by legal and IT professionals and experts from across Canada.

Neeson, a pioneer in realtime reporting and the provision of captioning (CART) services, highlighted the many reasons to move to a paperless trial, which include how an increasing number of documents are being produced in electronic format, using paperless documents can save time and money, and briefs can be prepared and updated in real-time.

She emphasized how conducting a trial using exhibits on an iPad can be done with ease, speed and convenience.

“The iPad technology is familiar to people as most of us are accustomed to using our phones, tablets and iPads, in particular,” she says.

Neeson says there are options available, including various applications, to load and download documents from an iPad each day during an electronic trial.

She also spoke about her company’s Exhibit Bridge platforms (available cloud-based and without the cloud), a document-sharing platform where the participants of a trial all use an iPad to view documents at the same time. It uses advanced technology to allow fast access to a cache of files.

Neesons rolled out the cloud-based Exhibit Bridge app in 2015 to allow lawyers to electronically access and manage paperless legal documents from anywhere, anytime though a web portal.

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