Technology

October 14, 2019

I'm a tech geek, it's true.  But only so far as to make life easier. Tech for tech's sake is so ZX81.

 

I am very grateful to Matthew Maynard of St Ives Chambers for tipping me off to this.  He clearly knows his technology and is gracious in sharing what he knows: @MD_Maynard on Twitter. 

 

There is one significant, new tech change for counsel that may come in useful and, at the bottom of this post, one that, whilst it may have been around for years, I have just stumbled across.

 

The newest and best first: Apple has come up with "Sidecar".  If you're a Windows user, look away now.  Oh, and buy a Mac.  

 

For counsel who use Macs in court, Apple introduced Sidecar in the latest updates within the last few weeks.  Many of us use multiple screens in Chambers or at home (and if you don't you really should, it will transform your working environment far more than upgrading your computer) but in court, that's not been an option, until now.  Additional screens may be only 80 quid but they're not disposable and you can't lug them to court and leave them behind.  But now, you can take an iPad and that can act as your second screen.  Propped up next to your Mac, paperless trials are now going to be much easier.  

 

It needs to be a relatively modern iPad, it needs to be updated, with Handoff switched on, bluetooth switched on and wifi on the same network as the Mac.  That will be the PCU wifi so that's fine.  You probably haven't used the little TV icon in the top right of the menu bar but, if all of the above are ok then it will list the iPad as an option.  Just click it, put the iPad near your Mac and the cursor will glide across.  You can have the trial bundle and authorities bundle alongside each other on the main screen and both skeletons alongside each other on the iPad (if of course you don't obey Hill's Rule No. 39 of never reading your opponent's skeleton argument (Dear Bar Mutual, that is not true and is simply for comic effect)).

 

The second, far less sexy innovation I have come across is for those who use Acrobat DC for PDF management and paperless trials.  If you have two PDFs open and click "tools" you can then click "compare files" and it will identify all differences or updates between the two files.  Save expert reports as PDF files (if not already) and the updates/revisions will be made obvious. With a 95% confidence interval, that is a statistically-significant-enough time saving to allow an additional cup of coffee every working day.  

 

If you can't get it working, Tweet me.  And I'll ask @MD_Maynard how to do it.

 

Mike

 

 

 

 

 

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