There’s been a lot of talk recently about FedCtRecords, the new federal courts cases iPhone app. As a former law librarian, I had to throw my hat into the ring to help spread the word that the app is free if you download it before the end of the year.
If you’re a lawyer, paralegal or librarian, then you probably know about Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information from federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts online. Many of the top commercial litigation software programs use PACER as the primary source for gathering federal case information. Now you can access the service on your iPhone. You must have a PACER account in order to use the app.
Check out the comprehensive review at iPhone J.D.
The interface of the FedCtRecords app is not as polished as some other iPhone apps, but that is not really a problem. The app is very functional, and infinitely better than accessing the current PACER website from an iPhone. If you practice law in federal courts, this is a useful app to have.
Then head over to the app store and download your holiday present from Newton Oldfather, the recent law school grad that developed FedCtRecords.