If you’re an attorney, paralegal, or legal support staff it’s likely you have written, compiled, and/or created a Table of Authorities or TOA. It is possible to compile this list by hand but it takes an inordinate amount of time and the list can change (with the relevant page numbers) throughout the drafting process for the brief. The time between brief completion and trial is valuable, don’t spend it scanning and building your TOA.
To eliminate the need to compile this list of authorities manually, CitationWare® automates the process by analyzing the brief, recognizing each citation and building the Table of Authorities. Although a secretary or assistant does not write the legal brief, they can use CitationWare to easily generate Table of Authorities for a lawyer or paralegal without any training. By automating this process, CitationWare eliminates a process from the workflow freeing up a lawyer to concentrate on substantive material.
CitationWare citation recognition engine conforms to The “Harvard” Bluebook, but it also correctly identifies state-specific citations that use individualized style manuals to create citations based on The Bluebook; for example, California has its own style manual called The California Style Manual. CitationWare uses patented logic code to identify, correct, and/or add a citation in compliance with state-specific TOA procedure.
Legal briefs are often long, and, many times, creating the Table of Authorities is left to the end of the editing process, making it easy for a lawyer or paralegal to miss a citation. Although focused on standards for US Courts, CitationWare will also create an accurate, one-click TOA for law firms in countries under Common Law such as England, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
CitationWare is useful not only for law firms but for lawyers in government and corporate law departments as well. Even law school students can benefit from CitationWare.
Think of CitationWare as your personal “always-on-duty” legal assistant, saving litigators and their support staff time and worry.
By: Josh Davis