“ONE PAGE OUT” (BUT SOMETIMES MORE): ELECTRONIC BUNDLES GENERATE DIFFICULTIES- FAILURES COULD LEAD TO SANCTIONS
In Hodgson v Creation Consumer Finance Ltd  EWHC 2167 (Comm) (29 July 2021) HHJ Pearce, sitting as a High Court Judge, made some observations about the problems caused by the pagination of electronic bundles. We have the familar problem of the page numbering on the bundle being different to the electronic page and also the printed page.
“Whilst the Courts may have been willing to tolerate problems early in the COVID-19 pandemic, when solicitors were struggling with new challenges, including a lack of the traditional support from those who might assist with preparing bundles, as well as the sudden need to get to grips with the challenges of preparing electronic bundles in all cases, there has been plenty of opportunity by now to get to grips with those challenges. I repeat that most court users have done. Those who have not must realise that they are likely to be sanctioned for the problems caused by such failures.”
The judge was determining what was essentially a test case in relation to the mis-selling of rooftop panels.