Electronic casebook tool

Our electronic casebook tool lets you create numbered, hyperlinked, indexed electronic casebooks as required by the Senior Courts Civil Electronic Document Protocol. Like our discovery tool, it has been specifically developed right here in New Zealand, to meet the New Zealand requirements.

Key features:

  • Automatically volume and number of documents.
  • Configurable volume sizes and numbering options.
  • Automatically paginate and stamp documents.
  • Order documents by date, by name, or manually.
  • Group related documents.
  • Automatically generate a customised, hyperlinked index / table of contents, based on your own Word template.
  • Automatically create hyperlinks to document references in submissions, briefs of evidence, chronologies, etc.
  • Pinpoint hyperlinking (i.e. hyperlinking to a specific page in a PDF).
  • Generate casebooks in PDF format, optimised for electronic use or for printing.
  • Include native documents (e.g. audio/visual files, native Excel files, or other specific documents).
  • Integration with the LawFlow discovery tool, allowing easy nomination of discovery documents into a casebook (or can be used standalone).

Voluming & numbering documents

The casebook tool automatically numbers and volumes your documents, based on your tailored settings. It has specific support for the numbering regime imposed by the Senior Courts Civil Electronic Document Protocol (volumes of up to 250 pages in series such as 101.0001, 202.0001, 301.0001… etc). Configurable options include:

  • The number of pages per volume (or no voluming);
  • Reserved/excluded page numbers;
  • Various numbering and pagination methods;
  • Automatic splitting of oversized documents;
  • “Flexing” volumes to accommodate oversized documents;
  • Manual volume start-points where required;
  • Automatic page rotation and scaling;
  • Stamp documents with their document number, name, or other values;
  • Placeholder documents.

Ordering & grouping documents

The casebook tool lets you order and group documents into your desired order.

  • Automatic ordering by date or name;
  • Drag-and-drop manual reordering;
  • Grouping related documents into “blocks”, each with their own ordering;
  • Easily split a block of documents into smaller blocks;
  • Reordering of blocks of documents.

Automatic indexes

The casebook tool lets you easily create a customised, hyperlinked index / table of contents, based on a Word template. The index is automatically updated whenever casebook documents are added, removed or re-ordered, so it is always up-to-date. The index hyperlinks to each document.

Automatic hyperlinking

The casebook tool has powerful features for automatically inserting hyperlinks into suitably formatted Word and PDF documents, and also manual hyperlinking.

It can automatically insert hyperlinks into suitably-formatted Word documents. For example, if submissions or a brief of evidence includes a reference to a document using its production number [[XYZ.0001]], the casebook tool can automatically convert that to a hyperlink to its corresponding casebook number, e.g. [[301.0025]]. This includes “pinpoint hyperlinking”, where a hyperlink opens a specific page of the linked PDF (this feature is available on PDF documents only).

If casebook documents change, the hyperlinks can automatically update to point to the new casebook numbers (or alert you if a reference is no longer valid). Likewise, if the Word document needs to be amended the casebook tool can automatically re-hyperlink the amended document.

No special Word plug-ins, macros, or other software is required for this feature – the casebook tool looks at the text of Word documents to find references and insert hyperlinks.

Integration with LawFlow discovery projects

The casebook tool can be integrated with a LawFlow discovery project, allowing you to easily “nominate” discovery documents into a casebook. This brings the relevant discovery information into the casebook too (e.g. document date, author & recipient, etc).

And much more!