IPads and other tablet computers – it seems like just about everyone has one these days. It’s therefore only fitting that this technology is finding its way into courtrooms, and specifically into the hands of judges.
Tablets give judges the freedom to review briefs from anywhere, not just within the confines of chamber walls. In fact, a 2012 survey indicated that 58% of federal judges were using an iPad. If you are filing in federal court, you are most likely utilizing the electronic filing system, and because your brief may be read on an iPad, perhaps you should be thinking about how to make your documents tablet friendly.
Hyperlinks allow the judge to jump directly to the authority you are citing. The 5th Circuit court loves hyperlinks so much, in fact, that they have developed an application that will automatically covert citations into hyperlinks! Other courts have not been as proactive, but always check your local rules. Hyperlinks may not just be a preference, it might be a requirement in your particular court.
Use more lists
Rather than forcing the judge to read lengthy paragraphs packed with information, instead put the important stuff into a list or bullet point format. It’s much easier to read and digest the information on a tablet when it is provided in a clear and concise layout.
Use charts, pictures and infographics
Visual aids are another way of making the information provided easier to digest and it is aesthetically pleasing when reading a brief on a tablet.
It may take some getting used to, but as technology improves the legal world evolves and adjusts to the times. It only makes sense that the manner in which a brief is written changes with them as well. Have you changed the way you write briefs to accommodate those who view them on a tablet?