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Of the many pains that accompany being a lawyer, perhaps one of the biggest hassles is keeping track of dates. Court Days Pro for iOS seeks to remedy this problem. But is it worth leaving your regular non-lawyer calendar app?
The program turns your iPhone, iPad, or other iOS device into a court date calculating machine. By inputting rules for various "trigger" events, Court Days Pro will be able to instantly create all the deadlines that accompany it. The app is even able to compensate for your jurisdiction's holidays and weekends.
This explanation is a lot to digest, but it's easier to understand how the program works through an example.
For instance, let's say your state's procedural rules require post-complaint motions to be filed within seven court days after notice is received.
Using Court Days Pro, you can set the receipt of complaint notice as the trigger event. Then, using the app's date wheel, you can set the amount of days until post-complaint motions will be due. Think of this as your rule statement.
Once you're mailed the complaint, you simply input the trigger event and any deadlines you associated with it will automatically pop up, too.
The app comes loaded with most state and federal holidays, and you can even add your own. It also tracks calendar and court days separately.
It's a handy piece of software. However, the biggest problem is that the set-up process can be pretty strenuous. There are preinstalled procedural rule dates for some states, such as California, but the app requires a lot of initial input on the user's part.
Once you do get it up and running though, Court Days Pro can easily become a lawyer's best friend. It can do a way better job at counting court days than the iOS' calendar app, along with any other calendar program in Apple's App Store. At $2.99, it's a little on the pricier side, but well worth it for lawyers that have to organize their own schedules.