The Commercial Court Guide and how XBundle achieves the bundle preparation requirements

The Commercial Court has this month released the latest version of The Commercial Court Guide which is now in its Tenth Edition.

This incorporates The Admiralty Court Guide together with The Financial List Guide and supplements The Circuit Commercial (Mercantile) Court Guide.

Practitioners in these Courts will know that the Guide is an adjunct to the Civil Procedure Rules and their Practice Directions and is designed to promote the efficient conduct of litigation in the Commercial Courts. As indeed are the Guides in the other Courts such as The Chancery Guide, The Queen’s Bench Guide and The Technology and Construction Court Guide.

Appendix 7 of The Commercial Guide sets out very useful information on how bundles, whether electronic or paper, and the focus in the Guide is squarely on promoting the use of electronic bundles, should be prepared.

In this Article I shall just be highlighting the cross-referencing, indexing and pagination features of XBundle.

XBundle has been designed and built by practitioners, with an eye fully on the Rules and Guides, so that users of XBundle can easily and simply build all elements of their bundles without the need for outside third party service provider involvement. XBundle is in fact a non-hosted product which works behind the firewall.

Practitioners will know that a core bundle is a main requirement of a bundle set and I think that my only comment here is that emphasis should be placed on core bundle in the singular.

The requirements for a core bundle are such that it must be individually paginated and each page must also bear the bundle and page number reference where that page appears in the main trial bundle set.

Additionally where the main trial bundle sets are electronic the core bundle should be provided both in paper and in electronic form. Electronically is most conveniently done on a memory stick as is provided for in the Supreme Court.

XBundle is designed and built so that it will run and be viewable in its entirety from an encrypted USB memory stick.

XBundle is the only product that is designed and works seamlessly and in parallel with paper and indeed mimics how practitioners work with paper at trial.

In XBundle cross references are created on the fly by users as they build and manage the creation of their bundle sets. Indexes or tables of contents can be produced at any time as the bundle set is built. Pagination is automatically applied and updated with page ranges created for a table of contents.

When the core bundle is finalised then automatically a print ready paper bundle set is created alongside the electronic bundle with all the required cross references and paginations that the user has applied, which are as hyperlinks in the electronic version and printed on the paper version.

Pagination rules are applied to XBundle so that the total page count of each bundle is visible on the user’s desktop as the bundles are built and, as required by the Guide, pagination can be set so that pagination starts afresh at the beginning of each bundle.

Paragraph 4 of Appendix 7 to the Guide sets out in detail how marginal cross references should be applied to documents. XBundle has the full ability not just to have on the fly cross referencing but also custom positioning document referencing, so that any one document can have multiple cross referencing from or to other documents.

Cross references in XBundle are super-imposed on the original source document. The format of the original document does not need altering to apply cross referencing and the original document, as it was intended to be viewed, is always used.

XBundle truly gives back control of trial bundles to the user!

Please do get in touch with me – Mark Agombar – at XBundle to arrange your own personal demonstration of and introduction to the benefits of XBundle.

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