Bundles - Printing bundles double sided in a civil case

Printing double-sided saves paper and makes bundles lighter to carry, and some courts/tribunals (such as the Supreme Court) require it (though it should be noted that some other courts/tribunals, such as the Court of Appeal, actually require single-sided printing).

There are three possible ways of printing:-

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 recto (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 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 the desired position. However this does mean that the PDF, from which the bundle is printed, will have to contain a large number of blank pages and if the PDF is to be viewed (rather than being purely for printing from) the large number of blank pages can be distracting for the viewer.

3. Every section is printed, in turn, double-sided. Printing each section separately ensures that the first page of every section is always printed recto (to ensure that a tab can be inserted in front of the section) without there being any annoying blank pages in the PDF from which it is printed. Printing this way means that many printed sheets will contain the last page of a document on the recto side and the the first page of the next document on the verso side. As a consequence, 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, will need to be reprinted if they had previously been on opposite sides of the same sheet.

You can 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, or if the particular court/tribunal requires single-sided printing (the Court of Appeal, for example, requires bundles to be printed single-sided).  

Option 2 above is often chosen where the bundle will only be used in hardcopy form (i.e. nobody will view the PDF once the hardcopy has been produced). If you are creating the bundle PDFs using the Caselines DCS system you tick the tabbed box for every document to ensure that each section PDF generated contains blank pages inserted where necessary and, when printing, you print the Index, and each section, in separate print operations to ensure that the first page of each section is printed recto.

Option 3 is often used where the bundle is used in PDF form a well as hardcopy, and is required for cases in the Supreme Court. 


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