The Litigation Chronology tab allows users to sort and filter their facts, issues, and people and export a CSV list of their case chronology. Here's how it works:
- Click on the "CHRONOLOGY" tab.
- Click on the tab to view your Facts, Key Documents, Issues, or People. This will pull up a grid view of set that you select.
- Inside that grid view, you can create a new fact/issue/person. You can also do this directly inside of a document you are reviewing (see the Facts, Issues, and People support article).
- To view all of the documents associated with a specific fact, issue, or person, click on the number hot link on the right side of that row.
One of the greatest values of the Chronology Tab is that it can let you know, at a glance, which facts, people, or issues have a lot of document evidence, and which ones are lacking. Aside from being a link to each set, the number in the document column can serve as a guidepost for your team to determine where additional research may be required.
- You can also edit an existing Fact, Issue, or Person by clicking on the name of the one you want to change. This will generate a pop-out window.
When editing (or adding) a Fact, you can update its name, description, date, and color. The fact name should succinctly state the fact. The description can be longer, often using text evidence excerpts from the documents themselves. The date is important to add if possible as it will allow you to sort things in order by date. If you do not have an exact date and time associated with the fact, you can also flag it as "Approximate." Start and/or end dates are not required to create or save a fact. Changing a fact's color will change the color of the flag seen to the left of the fact name and can be used to organize and group facts.
When editing (or adding) an Issue, you can update its name, abbreviation, description, and color. The abbreviation will appear in grid view and make the issues identifiable at a glance. While the name of an issue is typically just a few words, the description can explain it and include context specific to the case. Just as with facts, the color of an issue will appear to the left of it's name in the grid view.
When editing (or adding) a Person, you can update their name, abbreviated name, role, type, email and color. The role and type fields allow you to repeat selections through the dropdown or "Add new" values for these fields. Like with facts and issues, the color of a person will appear to the left of it's name in the grid view.
- Above the grid view in the Chronology Tab, you can sort or filter your Facts, Key Docs, Issues, and People by each of the fields that appear on the grid view. You can isolate date ranges or even filter Facts by key word.
- When you have a list of Facts, Issues, or People you want to view or report on outside of Nextpoint, you can select the rows you want to include with the checkboxes to the right and click the "Export as CSV" button at the bottom of the grid view to download a chart containing the information from the grid view.
- Case Connections (Coming October 3, 2023) - In the Facts, Issues, and People tabs, you can see your other case connections. For example, you can view which people and issues are associated with each fact and filter your fact list to view only specific issues or people.
Next Up - Evidence Dashboard