Bundles - Creating a Small Bundle for a Decision on the Papers



Introduction


During the months before the final trial or other hearing (at which the judge will decide who wins a case) there may be one or more short hearings and the court may require a hearing bundle to be produced containing the documents which will need to be referred to at the hearing (even though the documents will usually have already been filed at court). Sometimes the court makes decisions "on the papers" - i.e. just by looking at certain papers without holding a hearing and in that case the court may direct that the Claimant should prepare and lodge one copy of a paginated bundle for use by the court when making a decision "on the papers". In a Court Bundle the pages are numbered consecutively.  

As well as being paginated, the Bundle will have an Index at the front. Despite its name, the Index is not like the index of an ordinary book. An ordinary non-fiction book will have a table of contents at the front listing each section or chapter in the order it appears with the page number, and there will also be an index at the back listing alphabetically people, places, topics etc. with the page number where that person, place, or topic is referred to in the book. The Index of a Bundle is not at all like an alphabetic index that you find at the end of a typical book. It is at the front and is really a table of contents but a bit more detailed than the average table of contents in a book. Why is it called an Index? The word Index is actually an old word for a table of contents, rarely used in this sense now outside the legal context, but this is still its primary meaning when used by lawyers and judges.


Creating the Bundle as a PDF

Use CaseLines to create the bundle in PDF form. 


Printing out and assembling the Bundle

1. Click on Download Bundle Index button as shown below, then click on each section button below that button to download all the section PDFs. 



2. If you have a suitable fast colour printer which can print double-sided you might choose to print out the bundle PDFs on your own printer or, alternatively, you might use a high street print shop to do this for you. The index PDF should be printed single-sided and the section PDFs should be printed double-sided. Be careful to ensure that A3 (and larger) pages are printed on the correct size paper and either fold them or use a larger binder for them. The bundle must be printed in colour: this is not only because some pages may contain photographs or colour-coded plans but because the page number on every page is in red and red printed in greyscale can be difficult to see.

3. When you have printed out the bundle pages, hole punch them and file them in a lever arch file or ring binder, depending on how many pages there are. 

4. The very first page of the Index PDF might be a title page giving the name and number of the case and the title of the bundle (e.g. Directions Bundle) in tramlines. The first page filed should always be the first page of the Index (i.e. the second page of the PDF if the first page of the PDF is a title page) so that the index can be seen immediately on opening the file without having to turn over a page which merely contains the title of the case.  If there is an initial page containing only the title it is intended to be stuck on the outside of the front cover of the volume, though you can write your own sticky label to put on the front of the volume, containing the same information, if that is easier, rather than use any title page. As well as sticking the title page to the front (or using a sticky label on the front) you should put a sticky label on the outside spine with the case number and case name in large writing.  

5. It will assist the court if tabs are inserted in front of each section with the name of the section written on the tab, as illustrated below. 

 
   


NOTE: See here if you need assistance - e.g. If your printer is too slow for the volume involved.


Delivering the Bundle

When you deliver the bundle to the court office (whether by post or hand delivery) it should be accompanied by a covering letter giving

  • the name of the case
  • the number of the case
  • a brief explanation of why it has been lodged - e.g "Please find enclose bundle which the court has directed (in the letter dated 06/04/2017) to be lodged" 
  • Your name and contact details

If you are sending the bundle by post, you should ensure that it is well padded so that the metal posts of the lever arch file, or the rings of the ring binder, are not bent during handling in the post. Once the metal post or ring is bent out of position, it is impossible to bend it back into exactly the right position so that the two posts/rings exactly meet, with the annoying result that every time the judge/master turns over a page, the page catches at the point where the metal posts/rings (almost) join.   

Different courts have different rules and deadlines, which it is important to meet, and a sanction may be imposed if the bundle is delivered late.



Disclaimer

The information on this page about specific computer techniques is provided for information purposes only. Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate and up to date at the time it was written but no responsibility for its accuracy, or for any consequences of relying on it, is assumed by me. You should satisfy yourself, before using any of the techniques, software or services described, that the techniques are appropriate for your purposes and that the software or service is reliable.

There is some variation between the procedural requirements of different tribunals and courts for different types of case. The above explanation of procedural rules relating to bundles is only an overview and in order to be reasonably concise I have had to leave some details out - details which are likely to affect what the procedural law would say about your own situation. So please do not rely on the above but contact me for advice.


This page was lasted updated in June 2017. Disclaimer