Rules to go

Cribcard Inc. is publisher specializing in legal reference books for PDAs using either the Palm or Pocket PC operating systems. I recently came across the Web site for its Pocket Litigator series, featuring federal rules for the PDA. It just released its 2003 editions, which include the Federal Rules of Evidence, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Bankruptcy Procedure and Appellate Procedure, along with popular lawyers’ titles such as A Lawyer’s Life, by Johnnie Cochran and David Fisher; The Case Against Lawyers, by Catherine Crier; and Law School Confidential, by Robert H. Miller. Cribcard also publishes PDA versions of court rules for California, Florida and New York, although it has not yet released the 2003 versions.

Cribcard charges $19.95 for each of the rule sets, except for Appellate Procedure, which is $14.95. You can get PDA versions of the federal rules elsewhere on the Web for free at sites such as JurisPDA and MemoWare. However, Cribcard offers features others e-books do not have, such as hyperlinked tables of contents, rule number links, keyword searching, and a bookmark function.

I wrote an article in May 2000 on useful sites for lawyers who use Palms, The Law in the Palm of Your Hand. I recently updated and expanded that article for a chapter I am contributing to a book by Margaret Spencer-Dixon of Spencer Consulting, Washington, D.C., on Palms for lawyers. When the book is published, I’ll make a note of it.