Litigants in Person
PLS provides support to individuals who are representing themselves (litigants in person) to navigate Civil Procedure Rules (‘CPR’) concerning the provision of documents (e-bundles and hard copy bundles) to the Judge and other recipients (barrister/s, solicitors, witnesses).
Support for Litigants in Person
PLS provides Litigants in Person (‘LiP’), who are seeking to pursue their own claims and their own pursuit of justice, with a service to organise and collate their evidence into a well-structured and compliant (with Civil Procedure Rules (‘CPR’)) electronic court bundles (and/or hard copy bundle, as required).
Using this service will enable LiP to focus on presenting their case in the most persuasive way possible, supported by a bundle that is logical and user friendly for the Judge and other recipients (barristers, solicitors etc) – this will not only assist in the proper presentation of the case but will show that substantive attention has been given by the LiP to their bundle which will demonstrate how serious they are about pursuing their case. .
The team at PLS will assist your understanding of, and compliance with, the CPR and provide complete evidence collation and e-bundle solutions including:
- full indexing, pagination and bookmarking with descriptors; and
- optical character recognition (word search) and the ability to annotate/ mark-up the bundle
- full hyperlinking capabilities; and
- collated and presented in user-friendly, professional layout in electronic and/or hard copy format; and
- delivery and lodging with the Court (and other recipients, as required) prior to hearing (subject to Court location and hearing date being confirmed to PLS with enough notice); and
- guaranteed full compliance with CPR 39 and/or applicable rules, including judicial guidance.
The CPR rules concerning the provision of evidence to the Court are complex and strict and will be daunting and extremely time consuming to comply with, especially with no prior legal knowledge or experience. LiP’s do not have more lenient rules afforded to them by the Court.1 If you bring a case as a LiP, it is your responsibilityto properly present the case.
The provision of ordered evidence, known as a bundle, is not an option: it is obligatory under Civil Procedure Rule 39.
In addition, if your matter is being dealt with at a higher Court (such as the High Court Chancery or Queens Bench Division), specialist Court (such as the Technology and Construction Court, the Admiralty and Commercial Court, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (‘IPEC’) or the Insolvency Court), they each have a specialist guide detailing their own specific requirements for the presentation of evidence.
The below links to various court websites illustrate the detailed and complex requirements for the composition of Court bundles:
- Technology and Construction Court Click here (sections 5.10, 6.5 and 15.2)
- The Chancery Division of the High Court Click here (chapter 21)
- The Queens Bench Division of the High Court Click here
- IPEC Click here
- Admiralty and Commercial Court Click Here
The PLS team has many years of experience within the legal field and will alleviate you of the complicated and time-consuming burden of creating compliant e-bundles (and/or hard copy bundles) for court.
Contact us via email or by phone for more information and prices. Quotations are free and no obligation.
Note 1: This was set out specifically in the judgement of High Court Master Matthew in his judgment in the case of PETER MALCOLM JONES v (1) DAVID CHARLES LONGLEY (2) RICHARD LONGLEY (3) JANE EAGERS  EWHC 1309 (Ch).