Electronic bundles in civil proceedings
Produced in partnership with Ross McLeod, Christopher Humby, Leo Kitchen and Damian Curran of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan UK LLP
Electronic bundles in civil proceedings

The following Dispute Resolution practice note produced in partnership with Ross McLeod, Christopher Humby, Leo Kitchen and Damian Curran of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan UK LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Electronic bundles in civil proceedings
  • Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the use of electronic bundles
  • Digital case management and electronic bundles
  • What is an electronic bundle?
  • Types of electronic bundles
  • Electronic bundles and the CPR
  • Contents and order of documents in the electronic bundle
  • Format of the electronic bundle under CPR PD 51O
  • Features and advantages in using electronic bundles
  • Necessity
  • More...

Effective preparation of bundles is an essential element of a smooth, orderly hearing and something which practitioners should keep in clear focus as part of their overall preparations for any hearing. For general guidance on preparing trial bundles, see Practice Note: Preparing trial bundles and for guidance on preparing PDF bundles, see Practice Note: Preparing manual PDF electronic bundles.

This Practice Note is a guide to the preparation and use of electronic bundles (or e-bundles) in civil proceedings in England and Wales. It provides practical guidance on the interaction between digital case management and electronic bundles, the types of electronic bundle, electronic bundles and the CPR, effective preparation and use of electronic bundles and the advantages and disadvantages in using electronic bundles. It also looks at widely applicable tools to consider when compiling evidence and other documentation electronically.

This Practice Note provides guidance on the interpretation and application of the relevant provisions of the CPR. Depending on the court in which your matter is proceeding, you may also need to be mindful of additional provisions—see further below.

Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the use of electronic bundles

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the ability to produce, review and distribute hard copy bundles has been severely and abruptly curtailed, though the civil courts have generally continued to operate. Consequently, electronic bundles have rapidly become the preferable,

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