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Administrative Support for Litigants in Person

PLS can provide litigants themselves, who are seeking to pursue their own claims and their own pursuit of justice to properly collate their evidence, into an ordered and digestible manner, therefore enabling litigants to focus on presenting their case and their evidence for the benefit of the Judge, rather than be worried, stressed or bogged down in what order to put their evidence in.

Generally, it is the job of a legal representative to prepare the bundle, even if the legal representative does not represent the claimant. However, as a matter of common sense, if you are embarking on litigation to either pursue a claim or defend yourself from a claim, it is likely you will want to have a say in what goes before the Judge rather than simply leaving it to the opposing solicitor who you are against in the case.

The rules concerning the provision of paperwork/bundles to the Court are strict and as a litigant in person, you would not have special rules afforded to you by the Court. 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 [2016] EWHC 1309 (Ch). As such if you bring a case it is up to you to properly pursue and manage it. The Court will not help you and you can be assured your opponent, whether legally represented or not is certainly not going to help you either.

The CPR are complicated, lengthy and can be daunting to try and understand, let alone comply with. At PLS, we are on hand to assist your understanding of and compliance with the CPR and therefore put you in the best position to properly present your evidence, and your case to the Judge, in order to give you the best chance of winning your case.

The provision of ordered evidence, known as a bundle, is not an option: it is obligatory under Civil Procedure Rule 39.

You cannot simply email a bunch of documents to the Court and hope they end up in order before the Judge as that is highly unlikely to happen as:

  1. Court staff are exceedingly busy and making your bundle is not their job.
  2. The obligation is on you to properly provide your evidence in an ordered fashion.
  3. Emailed documents in excess of 50 pages is a breach of CPR PD 5B and cannot be accepted by the Court.

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 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. As an example, see below for links to different court websites, illustrating the different requirements for the composition of Court bundles:

  1. Technology and Construction Court Click here (sections 5.10, 6.5 and 15.2)
  2. The Chancery Division of the High Court Click here (chapter 21)
  3. The Queens Bench Division of the High Court Click here
  4. IPEC Click here

PLS offers complete evidence collation and bundle solutions including:

  1. Full indexing and pagination.
  2. Presentation in a lever arch file with full headings and spines.
  3. Discount for the provision of multiple bundles.
  4. Delivery and lodging with the Court in good time prior to a hearing (subject to Court location and notice provided prior to hearing date).
  5. Guaranteed full compliance with CPR 39 and/or the relevant guides as listed above.

Please contact us now via email or by phone for bespoke pricing depending on your needs. Our quotes are absolutely free and are no obligation.

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