Once you have created a new case in CaseFleet, begin adding data in the following order:
- Add Contacts to your case
- Add Issues to your case
- Upload an initial batch of key Source documents
- Create Facts
By following the 4-step process above, you'll create the framework of your case first. Establishing who is involved in the case and what legal/factual issues you need to prove, before you dive into reviewing documents and creating facts, will save you time in the long run. (Watch our Getting Started video.)
Initial Contact Setup
When you create contacts, think about the key players in your case. These are the individuals and entities that will be referenced in the facts of the case. Contact records can also be used to identify places or things relevant to the case, such as the "grassy knoll" or a registered trademark. For records like this, create the contact as an "Entity" rather than a person.
Under the "Contacts" tab, you can easily create new contacts or assign existing contacts to your case.
To learn more about working with Contacts, click here.
Initial Issue Setup
To create Issues, click on the "Issues" tab. Each issue has a name and an optional color and description. In addition to creating issues for each element of the various claims or defenses in your case, we also recommend that you create Issues for key facts and for background information. We often name these issues "Key Facts" and "Background". These issue tags can be helpful later on when you need to filter down to the core facts in your case.
To learn more about working with Claims and Issues, click here.
Initial Source Upload
The Sources tab in CaseFleet holds the relevant files you've uploaded for your case. To get started, upload a few key documents like a deposition, trial record, or investigative document. Then click the "Launch Reviewer" button to open the document and begin your review and create facts. Once you're comfortable with the basics, take advantage of advanced features, like filters, tags, and column customization. These will maximize your efficiency and analysis.
To learn more about working with Sources, click here.
Creating your First Facts
Facts are the events, assertions, and pieces of information you have taken from the sources you've uploaded. The best way to create facts is by utilizing the highlighting feature in the document reviewer. This way, each fact is linked to its exact proof.
To learn more about our best practices for creating Facts, click here.