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Attorney Prosecutes Cases With iPad

By Jason Beahm on February 17, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

The iPad continues to reach into the legal world, spawning the creation of the iPad attorney. For a recent example, take Ron Elkins, Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney. He has integrated iPads into the prosecutor's office, according to

Chief Commonwealth Attorney Ron Elkins uses the iPad at trial. In fact, not only does Elkins use the iPad at trial, but eight out of the nine attorneys in his office use it everyday.

"You can load your whole case file onto the iPad, plug it in to the projection system in any of our courtrooms, we use it with Bluetooth audio in our courtrooms. Based on the ease of use and the stability of the operating system, it is a lot easier to walk around and hold the actual device during trial and present that to witnesses or to a jury and you can accomplish a lot more than you can with a connected PC."

Elkins says that judges and witnesses seem to like using the iPads at trial. Elkins also found that the iPad makes it easier to organize and link case files together for quick and easy access. Elkins, the iPad attorney, says that for large files, the ability to search is a huge advantage.

When it comes to the specific tools that Elkins uses, a few include Keynote, Dragon Dictation, DropBox and GoodReader, reports.

"It absolutely gives you the advantage of appearing more prepared, together and more technologically advanced." But just how big of a case can the iPad handle? Elkins is prepared to push it to the max, saying  that next year he plans to use the iPad to prosecute a capital murder case.

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