QUEEN’S BENCH DIVISION GUIDE 2022: LINK AND BUNDLES
The new Queen’s Bench Division Guide was published yesterday and is available here.
“Changes in the guide include:
- Interim and out of hours applications
- Urgent and Short Applications before the Masters
- Electronic bundles
- The procedure for issuing claim forms following urgent interim injunction applications
- Pre-Trial Reviews in Media and Communication List cases
- Amendment to court plans
- Payment of court fees
- QB Masters Clerks contact details”
A QUICK LOOK AT THE GUIDE RELATING TO BUNDLES
3.41. PD51O states that for hearings (e.g. applications or case management hearings), the
parties may file application or hearing bundles in electronic format using electronic
working. They must provide paper copies of application or hearing bundles (that is
provide a copy of the relevant documents in indexed and paginated files) unless
otherwise ordered. Hearing notices and accompanying directions will often make a
different order and should be read carefully. In addition see para 9.61 for interim
applications before High Court Judges and Annex 6 for directions before the Masters.
3.42. If an electronic bundle is filed, it must be formatted as a PDF document with bookmarks
as appropriate for section headings and the paper copy should correspond exactly to the
electronic bundle (i.e. have the same index and pagination). Please see PD51O.10 and
11 for precise details. And see 10.20 and 14.10 below.
3.43. Trial bundles must be provided to the court in paper format unless otherwise ordered.
An electronic version must also be filed if the court so orders; any electronic bundle must
correspond exactly with the paper copy (i.e. have the same index and pagination). See
further PD51O.13. 14.3 to 14.11 below.
3.44. Skeleton arguments must also be provided in paper format and best practice is to provide
them by email, preferably direct to the Master or the judge’s clerk.