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Legal software for legal professionals

SourceForge.net doesn’t have an open source application for every niche, but we come close. If you work in the legal field or the criminal justice system, you might find one of these programs useful.

The most popular such program on SourceForge.net is Legal Case Management System. Created by Bulgarian developers, LCMS is designed for use by not-for-profit legal advice centres, to help them follow up on things like client consultations and court events.

The good news about VirtuaLaw is that it’s a free, open source legal case management system. The bad news is that its code hasn’t been updated in eight years.

Open Source Law is another long-ignored project that comprises a wiki with documentation revision control and a centralized repository. It’s supposed to allow members of the legal community or students to share each other’s documents.

Then there are those who have to manage the miscreants who wind up on the wrong side of the legal system. The Open Source Jail Management System stores and manages records for a small to medium-sized jail. It can help track demographic data, store intake and confinement procedures, maintain housing history, index court records, and facilitate incident reporting.

Various countries have specialized legal needs. For instance, the Delphi Probation System is alpha software designed to address complaints about the UK Probation Office’s computer system. Its developer says he began working on it “in the hope that one day I will be able to make the lives of overworked Probation officers less stressful.”

One specialized tool for police, Audacity Policial, is an extension of the Audacity sound editor helps police and justice officials pursue investigations based on telephone and environmental recordings. It supports audio analysis and transcription.

Finally, looking at law from a broader perspective, the Martus Human Rights Bulletin System is used by human rights and social justice groups to track violations. Martus is the Greek word for “witness.” According to the project’s page, human rights bulletins can be encrypted or searched, and can be backed up to a remote server.