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Court hearings: guidance on e-bundles

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The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary has published new general guidance to ensure consistency in the provision of electronic bundles (e-bundles) for court hearings. This replaces previous guidance published in May 2020.

The guidance applies for court hearings only (ie it does not apply to the tribunals), and covers the following:

  • e-bundles should be in pdf format with the default view at 100%, and all significant documents and all sections must be bookmarked;
  • pages must use computer-generated numbering, which should start at page one (whether or not that is part of an index) and the numbering must follow sequentially to the last page of the bundle;
  • pages in landscape should appear in that orientation;
  • each entry in the index must be hyperlinked to the indexed document;
  • pages containing typed text must be subject to optical character recognition if they have not been created directly as electronic text documents, to facilitate searching and copying text;
  • a single hearing e-bundle and a separate single authorities e-bundle is generally better than multiple bundles; and
  • the resolution of the bundle should not be greater than 300 dpi.

The guidance also covers delivering/uploading e-bundles, including filenames and email format, and provides advice where unrepresented litigants are involved.

Issue: 1557
Categories: News