Perhaps a little late for the Christmas gift season, but never too late for attorneys to potentially find useful, comes a new iPad application intended to assist with depositions.

Announced yesterday, the Liquid Lit Manager app from Liquid Litigation Management Inc. (LLM) is designed to adapt to the way attorneys create and use outlines for both depositions and hearings. According to the company, users can securely sync documents from their Liquid Lit Manager software using the app directly to their iPads.

Beyond that, LLM says the app can store multiple outlines, access entire documents that link to outline bullet points and bookmark certain keyword phrases or sections of a document. The app also features a split-screen view, which enables users to keep track of outlines and use a color-coding feature for quick identification.

The app is expected to be available in the Apple App Store on Jan. 30.

Just prior to the holiday break, another iPhone/iPad app was released to help streamline remote access to the PACER service. FedCtRecords essentially provides an iPhone interface to PACER in an attempt to enhance the cumbersome, unpleasant experience of accessing the system through a normal mobile browser. While the app only allows users to read and not file documents, and has no access to bankruptcy court files, most other regular PACER features are present, including the docket report.

Of course, this may just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to new, legal-related iPad applications released this year. As InsideCounsel investigated in its December 2011 issue, despite a few lingering concerns, the use of tablet computers for the legal world is poised to take off.