What is CaseBox?
The CaseBox project allows litigation NGOs to:
- have an integrated solution to store documents related to court cases securely online
- manage calendars and court deadlines
- work collaboratively on court submissions
- retrieve relevant caselaw from both their internal archive of cases and external caselaw databases.
CaseBox is available for use and can be downloaded on Github, but customisation features and documentation will be created later in 2013. Before downloading and trying to set it up, we suggest to get in touch with us.
Who is CaseBox for?
CaseBox is designed to support the needs of litigation NGOs which are looking for an integrated and web-based application to manage their caseload. The typical user will be an NGO that:
- Litigates cases at domestic level but also at regional mechanisms like the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the African Commission and Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
- Has a staff of more than five lawyers or experts working on cases, and at least one clerk.
- Has the need for sharing and collaborating across multiple office locations.
- Is looking for an integrated online solution with minimal technical hassles.
- Works with lawyers who are willing to work with online information systems.
What will CaseBox do?
The CaseBox software will enable litigation NGOs to do the following tasks:
- Store and access documents related to court cases on a secure web server.
- Manage tasks, case calendars and keep track of court deadlines.
- Work collaboratively on court submissions documents: drafting, commenting.
- Manage the overall caseload, through dashboards for each lawyer and for the organisation’s legal director (which lawyer is working on which cases, etc).
- Access their litigation data from multiple office locations, and any computer with internet access.
- Manage client contacts and leads, and produce form letters for routine correspondence.
- Do legal research and need to retrieve relevant caselaw from both their internal archive of cases and from external caselaw databases like HUDOC.
- Analyse patterns of abuse using their case archive.
CaseBox can also be provided to NGOs at a hosted “software as a service” solution, including technical support, customisations, and upgrades. Please contact us, if you are interested in such a solution.
Our technology partner for CaseBox is Burlaca.com, based in Chisinau, Moldova. Burlaca.com specializes in architecture of text-based information systems and has ten years experience in designing document storage and knowledge management solutions.
Taking action: next steps
- CaseBox’ roll out has begun, but the documentation is currently in the making – hence best contact us, if you are interested. If you really want to get started, find installation documentation here.
- You may also want to consider using a project management solution like BaseCamp, ActiveCollab, or TeamBox (open source) which offer similar functions, although they are not built with litigation in mind (no categorising of cases by violation, for example).