The following Dispute Resolution guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
This Practice Note should be read in conjunction with Practice Note: Introduction to electronic disclosure.
Since the implementation of the April 2013 Jackson Reforms, which introduced, among other things:
various new disclosure obligations on parties to non-personal injury multi-track cases
a focus on ensuring litigation is carried out efficiently and at proportionate cost
a spirit of ensuring the parties comply with all relevant rules, practice directions and court orders
a proper understanding and appreciation of e-documents, e-disclosure and your obligations under CPR PD 31B has become all the more important, see, for example, the following Practice Notes:
Disclosure—Jackson Reforms [Archived], Disclosure obligations in multi track claims after April 2013—Jackson reforms and Disclosure ‘menu’ in multi track claims after April 2013—Jackson reforms
Case management—Jackson Reforms [Archived]—Overriding objective
Case management—compliance, Relief from sanctions—the courts’ approach and Relief from sanctions—key decisions
Note: This Practice Note does not cover the provisions of the disclosure pilot scheme in the Business and Property Courts. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Business and Property Courts—the disclosure pilot scheme.
In practice, electronic disclosure (e-disclosure) should be seen as the disclosure of electronically stored information ('ESI') and in all but a few very important respects as equivalent to disclosure of non-electronic documents. In effect it is about the efficient management of ESI in litigation (or arbitration where the
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