Printing double-sided saves paper and makes bundles lighter to carry, and some courts/tribunals require it.
There are three possible ways of printing:-
Note: it is usual to print the index pages, which appear at the front of the bundle, single-sided, even if the remainder of the bundle is printed double-sided.
1. Every page is printed single sided.
2. Within each multi-page document, pages are printed double-sided, but the first page of every document is always printed such that it will be on the right hand side when the sheets are filed in a ring binder or lever arch file (so there will be a blank side at the end of every document which has an odd number of pages) to ensure that tabs can be inserted in wherever desired and so that if, exceptionally, any extra document should need to be inserted after the bundle has been printed, it can be inserted in whatever position is desired.
3. Every section is printed double-sided. The first page of every section is always printed on the right hand side (in order to ensure that a tab can be inserted in front of the section) so the last page of the previous section may have to be blank, but within each section there are no blank pages and a sheet may contain the last page of a document on one side and the first page of the next document on the other side. This means that if, exceptionally, any extra document should need to be inserted after the bundle has been printed, inserting the document is less straight-forward because the last page of the document it is being inserted after, and the first page of the document it is being inserted before, may need to be reprinted if they had previously been on opposite sides of the same sheet.
You should only use Option 1 above if your printer is incapable of printing double-sided and the rules of the particular court/tribunal allow single sided printing of bundles.
Option 2 above is appropriate in most cases. If you are creating the bundle PDFs using the Caselines system you tick the tabbed box for every document to ensure that the each section PDF generated contains blank pages inserted where necessary. When printing, print the Index, and each section, in separate print operations to ensure that the first page of each section is printed on the right hand side.
Option 3 is required for cases in the Supreme Court. The procedures of the Supreme Court mean that a generous amount of time is allowed for the stages leading up to the appeal hearing and consequently there is ample time for all parties to agree what documents are to be included, so that there should not be any need for additions after printing. The Supreme Court's requirement for comb-bound volumes emphasises the importance of ensuring that everything is absolutely correct before printing. If you are creating the bundle for the Supreme Court using Caselines you tick the tabbed box only for those documents which will have a tab inserted in front of them. When printing, print the Index, and each section, in separate print operations to ensure that the first page of each section is printed on the right hand side.
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.
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