Case Analysis

Capture, organize and evaluate the relevant facts, players and issues in a case to see what happened, when it happened and why it matters

Assembling case facts and chronologies is a tremendous asset that can put you on track to courtroom victory. Chronologies are far more than just one of the thinking tools you’ll find in MasterFile: They’re invaluable communication aids with your client, the opposition, and the trier of fact. At settlement conferences chronologies show why the facts back your view and can make a powerful case to judge and jury especially during opening statements and closing arguments.

Linking facts to issues lets you quickly filter a large fact database by specifc issues: see all the facts and issues related to a particular witness that you need to cover — rather than risk overlooking something –and spot the gaps and areas you need to develop in discovery.

Unique live "everything by issue" views …

are the easier, understandable way to case analysis. See everything related to an issue at a glance: documents, key evidence, facts and players without printing reports “by issue” each time the case is updated. And open multiple tabbed views as you explore and pursue different trains of thought in parallel. Spend more time on what counts — like analysis and argument — rather than printing reports and tinkering with different applications.

Evidence, facts and issues in one place …

means one Google type search across everything. You no longer have to flip back and forth between CaseMap and other applications, with their multiple searching methods, when you need to find everything related to an issue or topic. With one click, instantly filter your chronology down from all key documents, to just the hot documents, or down further to any relevant issue or witness.

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See how your case is shaping up ...

with MasterFile’s colour coded fact views — where you’re on solid ground, where your strategy’s weak or exposed and where work is needed. You can show your clients a visual risk assessment and decide whether they’re “good to go” or perhaps a settlement conference is in order.

MasterFile offered case-analysis tools that are similar, but superior, to CaseMap [with] a more comprehensible analysis of the case. … Views offer a visual snapshot of the facts and the case time line or chronology. One can “see” the case more easily than one could in CaseMap. — John J. Mueller

Build the story behind the evidence in MasterFile point by point

Go beyond cut and paste in Word and reference evidence and facts exactly where you need. As you pull your case or research together, move seamlessly between review, chronologies, facts and issues as you draft your argument directly in MasterFile. Write as much detail as you need, format it as you want, and link the sources for any statement with a single click exactly where you need.

You can see every fact related to any individual, place or event in the matter letting you probe evidence to explore patterns in a fraction of the time it would have taken otherwise. Explain how facts relate to each other and tie them into a coherent story substantiated point by point right in MasterFile.

MasterFile lets you preserve key case knowledge that’s easily picked up in the future by you or by your colleagues. Too often, one or more attorneys on your team are responsible for the facts of the case. MasterFile preserves your team’s ideas, strategy and best work for everyone’s benefit, through the life of the case.

Proposition Analysis

In fraud or criminal investigations, there are often several suspects and you must assess facts as for or against each suspect’s innocence rather than “for us” or “against us”. Similarly, facts in academic research need to be assessed for or against the various competing hypotheses or propositions under consideration. MasterFile lets you do just that making it invaluable in arbitration, tribunals, investigations, research and the like.

CaseMap Importer

Fast and easy migration from CaseMap® 4 – 10+ to MasterFile’s integrated document, e-discovery and case analysis platform.

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Facts and Issues

See why CaseMap users are switching to MasterFile from CaseMap for case analysis

Trying to sift through evidence and documents, isolating key facts, setting out the case chronology, and then analyzing and organizing it all into your argument is difficult enough. Using a patchwork of applications makes litigation even more challenging.

MasterFile lets you effectively capture, organize and evaluate the relevant facts, players and issues in a case. It gives you the ability to share research and insight making for easier collaboration. And most importantly, ties all of the facts, issues and evidence together helping you uncover the story behind the evidence to develop your argument and case strategy right in MasterFile itself.

With everything in one place, MasterFile gives you clarity.

Tools for exploring relationships

Follow your thoughts with MasterFile’s tabbed interface & inverse link search …

Relationships between facts, players, places, issues, events, etc. are very often the key to “cracking” that elusive case or understanding how the evidence and facts of a litigation, investigation or research project fit together.

With MasterFile you’ll be able to:

  • Explore and follow chains of relationships among issues, players, places or any word or phrase in documents, extracts or facts.
  • Open or switch to multiple documents, images, transcripts, extracts, facts, multiple database instances or even multiple case files, effortlessly following your thoughts in its tabbed interface.
  • See everything related to issues live in its issue outline and topic index which eliminates keeping issue lists in multiple programs synchronized.
  • See documents, extracts, facts, chronology events, new evidence, outstanding questions or reminder tasks categorized by issue, topic or player, without printed reports.
  • Find all references to players and “objects” using its advanced search.
  • Keep comprehensive profiles of each player in the case.

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Chronologies and Timelines

Live views categorize chronological events by issue keeping you on top of how your case is shaping up

Event chronologies are critical to almost all cases and many research projects. Medical litigation is one that is particularly driven around timing of procedures and those factual events. Trying to create chronologies in spreadsheets or word processors is an exercise in frustration shuffling events into order or trying to describe and fit source evidence into grid cells.

Creating a clean case chronology in MasterFile is as simple as assigning dates or date ranges to facts which then appear automatically organized in date order in MasterFile’s chronological views. And because each event is a fact, you can substantiate it with doc-links in one click to supporting evidence or source material.

You can instantly review the chronology for any issue as well, to focus on critical events or issues without constantly printing reports.

Integration with TimeMap® lets you create compelling visual timeline charts complete with hot-links from the TimeMap event boxes to the source evidence in MasterFile.

Argument Toolbox

As you pull your case or research together, draft and substantiate your argument directly in MasterFile. Write as much detail as you need, format it as you want, and link in the sources for any statement with a single click.

With two clicks, you can see every fact related to any individual, place or event in the matter letting you probe the evidence to explore patterns in a fraction of the time it would have taken otherwise. MasterFile’s doc-link technology lets you reference those facts and sources, authorities, exhibits, research and your notes at the exact point in your argument or thesis where they’re needed. No more arrows pointing here and there — and no more thumbing through pages of notes finding what you want.

As you organize your thoughts and explain how facts relate to each other, tying them into a coherent picture, that gives you insight into what’s key. And that in turn gives you leverage at depositions, hearings, settlement conferences, mediations and trials.

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Doc-links explained

  • MasterFile’s doc-link technology lets you reference sources, authorities, attachments, exhibits, research and your notes at the exact point in your argument or thesis where they’re needed. No more arrows pointing here and there — and no more thumbing through pages of notes finding what you want.
  • As shown on the left, doc-links can be interspersed within text, letting you insert your reference exactly where you need it — next to the relevant commentary or notes.
  • Create doc-links to documents, extracts, facts, authorities, transcripts, etc. in other MasterFile databases such as reference databases of authorities, research from the literature, patents, etc., or databases set up for bulky digital evidence such as video and audio segments.
  • Doc-links eliminate linking to files on hard disks. They don’t break when you’re disconnected and mobile, working on your notebook.
  • Doc-links can even be e-mailed. This ensures security is maintained as only those with database access can retrieve the information they point to. Bulky file attachments that clog e-mail systems and extra network traffic is also eliminated.
  • Insert doc-links in your Notes or Outlook tasks or calendar entries for filing deadlines, etc. When the reminder triggers, clicking on the doc-link takes you straight to the relevant document.
  • You can search for doc-links to find wherever a document, extract or fact has been referenced or cited, such as where one document is an attachment to another.

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