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Packages for authentication and secure communications to safeguard attorney-client confidentiality and secure submission of documents.

The GNU Privacy Guard

GnuPG is the GNU project's complete and free implementation of the OpenPGP standard as defined by RFC4880. GnuPG allows to encrypt and sign your data and communication, features a versatile key managment system as well as access modules for all kind of public key directories. From the command line it allows to easily encrypt/decrypt and to sign/verify files, there are also frontends to it. It is compatible with the well-known PGP software by Philip Zimmermann

There are extensions for Firefox (called fireGPG, works with GMail, although some earlier versions have shown problems) and for Thunderbird (Enigmail). Kmail and Evolution have also support for GPG.

License: GPL


The OpenSSL Project is a collaborative effort to develop a robust, commercial-grade, full-featured, and Open Source toolkit implementing the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) protocols as well as a full-strength general purpose cryptography library. It is based on the SSLeay library developed by Eric A. Young and Tim J. Hudson.

OpenSSL manages, creates and verifies a wide variety of certificates.

License: Apache-style


For packages that address all or most aspects of managing cases.

Legal Case Management System

LCM is no longer maintained and looking for someone to take over the project.


This is a crossplatform java suite, for workflow and data management of Law Firms. eLawManager is the english ver. - is the italian. It's a standard client-server application with a webapp version.Support OASIS opendocument and openoffice.

Licence: GPL

Legal case management software designed for the legal department. Stores and retrieves informations pertaining to legal files, contracts and insurance claims, and provides statistics and reports on recorded data. The site has a demonstration account where one can explore its features is the English version of MARICA

The server runs on an Apache + Mod_perl + Postgresql environment; clients connect with their browser.

Licence: CeCILL


Kumula is intended to become a complete software suite for most of your business needs. Although it started as software for consultants, it is flexible enough to be used by almost any type of business. Currently Kumula provides a small CRM (Clients) and a Mini-DMS (Documents), and is further enhanced by some other applications.

There is also a plugin available for lawyers called Kumula Cases

Licence: GPL

SugarCRM Web based Open Source CRM Solution. A lot of Plugins are available e.g. in the following categories: Time Tracking, Case Management, Contact Management, Invoicing,... With ?ZuckerOffice there is also integration into OpenOffice available. It is based on PHP. License: GPLv3


For packages that address the time aspect of cases - to include calendaring, timesheeting or contact tracking.


Etude exists to help lawyers (or other self employed persons) to manage their clients, timesheet, cash flow, etc. It provides a time-sheet system, and offers the ability to make facturation and register payments. The program is in French and uses PHP.

Licence: GPL


?GnoTime is the GNOME Time Tracker, a program which allows you to track the time you spend on any number of tasks and projects. ?GnoTime also allows you to generate customised reports and annotated logs of these times.

Licence: GPL


For email, pbx, voip, conferencing.


Evolution is the integrated mail, calendar and address book distributed suite from Ximian, Inc.

Licence: GPL


Asterisk is "the world's leading open source PBX, telephony engine, and telephony applications toolkit. Offering flexibility unheard of in the world of proprietary communications, Asterisk empowers developers and integrators to create advanced communication solutions...". It offers a great range of solutions, from simple autoattendants to complex dialplans and call-data-storage.

License: GPL


H.323 and SIP compatible videoconferencing and VoIP/IP-Telephony application that allows you to make audio and videocalls to remote users with H.323 hardware or software.

License: GPL >=2


For authoring, co-authoring, processing, organizing and searching of documents.

Office Suite


?ApacheOpenOffice 4.1.1 is a full-featured office productivity suite that provides a near drop-in replacement for Microsoft(R) Office. Users report that little or no training is required for people migrating from other office suites - everything works the way people expect.

Available in more than 80 languages For authoring, co-authoring, processing, organizing and archiving documents.

License: APLv2

Under Debian you use Libreoffice

Canzeley (For German Laywers)

Canzeley is an attorney's office programm based on and MySQL. It is written in ?StarBasic.. It is now available as a Debian package too.

The UI (and the comments in the program) are in German language.

It is still usable, but some very nice to have functions are still in progress.

You can also find an installation manual and an user manual in German.

Licence: GPL (recent v3)


Loook is a smart tool to search strings in ODF documents. It can also search in OOXML files like docx, xlsx and pptx.


DocSearcher uses the Open Source Lucene and POI Apache APIs as well as the Open Source PDF Box API to provide searching capabilities for HTML, MS Word, MS Excel, RTF, PDF, Open Office (and Star Office), and text documents. Other file formats are currently not supported.

Runs on all systems with JAVA support.

Licence: Apache


SQL Ledger

SQL Ledger is a professional quality Web-based double-entry bookkeeping system. Features include automatic invoicing (including PDF format bills to send by email), and completely customisable templates and reports.

Licence: GPL


Free open source ERP, accounting, CRM package for small to midsized businesses. ERP client runs on Linux, Mac, and Windows (built with open source Qt framework). Business logic resides in PostgreSQL database. International ERP, accounting, and CRM tools.

License: CPAL


LedgerSMB is a fork of a popular general ledger software package called SQL-Ledger largely written and maintained by Dieter Simader. If you are considering joining our community please take a look at our Code of Conduct.

SMB is an acronym for Small Medium Business.

License: GPL



?OpenEvidence produces technology for evidence creation and evidence validation in a context of electronic or dematerialised documents and activities, based on current and emerging technologies for digital signatures, key management, time stamping, archiving and notary systems and standardised document formats.

Licence: BSD-artig



OpenEFM is an open source Filing Manager designed to process LegalXML filings.

Licence: MPL 1.1