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When preparing a court bundle, what is the requirement (or general practice) when referencing a legal text within the bundle?

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Published on LexisPSL on 29/11/2017

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  • When preparing a court bundle, what is the requirement (or general practice) when referencing a legal text within the bundle?
  • Status of practice directions
  • The Practice Direction: Citation of Authorities
  • Legal texts other than reported cases and judgments
  • Neutral citations

Status of practice directions

Section 13 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 (CRA 2005), CRA 2005, Sch 2, Pt 1 sets out a process by which the judiciary can give directions. Such directions about the practice to be followed in the courts do not have the same formal status as rules, but apart from the rules they are the most authoritative guidance that exists regarding what practice should be followed.

The Civil Procedure Rules occasionally refer to such practice directions. For example, CPR 52.2 requires parties to comply with CPR 52 CPR PD 52C (where it applies). That in turn at paragraph 29(2) requires that parties comply with the Practice Direction on Citation of Authorities.

The Practice Direction: Citation of Authorities

The Practice Direction: Citation of Authorities (2012) applies to the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the High Court, the Crown Court, the County Court and Magistrates’ Court. It is not expressed to apply to the system of tribunals. It was itself reported at Practice Direction: Citation of Authorities (2012) and can be cited accordingly.

This Practice Direction provides a hierarchy of law reports, which should be followed unless there is a particular reason to deviate from it. If available, the citation should be to the official law repor

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