Public attorneys have a lot to juggle. Never-ending task lists, scheduling challenges, and endless paper documents can impact overall efficiency. Fortunately, technology has come a long way, and many of the pain points public attorneys deal with can be addressed by implementing a case management system (CMS). So, what exactly does a CMS help accomplish?
Streamline Daily Tasks and Integrate with Courts
Public attorneys often have multiple cases to juggle at the same time. With hearings, meetings, and ongoing to-do lists, it can be overwhelming to keep calendars updated. Managing daily schedules is especially challenging when there is a lack of integration with courts.
Many case management systems allow public attorneys to easily integrate with courts and overlay calendars to track hearings, meetings, tasks, and other important case milestones. Additionally, users can create summary snapshots of individuals and charges while setting up visual workflows that help them quickly digest information and zero in on what’s most relevant.
Automate Digital Tasks and Increase Efficiency
Overlaying calendars and integrating with courts is very helpful. But with a CMS, users can take efficiency to the next level by automating digital tasks. Automation involves leveraging technology to perform/trigger tasks at scheduled times or as particular events occur. For public attorneys, that might mean setting up automated reminders for routine tasks, upcoming hearings, or important deadlines or setting up automatic calendar updates. Effective automation reduces errors and increases efficiency.
Easily Manage Evidence and Reduce Paper Documents with eDiscovery
Some public attorney offices are still printing out folders of information before court hearings. When there are multiple cases on the docket, easily managing evidence and locating important information quickly is essential. Fortunately, many case management systems, like equivant’s JWorks for Attorneys, have an eDiscovery component that acts as a media manager where all files associated with a case, report, or incident are stored. Public attorneys can grab their tablet or computer on their way to court and easily and quickly access all case information from anywhere.
Ready to Invest in A CMS? Take the First Step
Effective case management increases efficiency, reduces errors, and streamlines day-to-day tasks. If you think you’re ready to invest in something like a case management system, identify your pain points first so that you can ensure the system you choose has a solution for each of them. If you’d like to see what a CMS looks like from the inside, schedule a demo of JWorks for Attorneys today.