ROYAL COURT OF JERSEY
Production and Content of Electronic
Bundles for hearings in The Royal Court
This Practice Direction is produced to
set out how parties should load documents onto the electronic bundle platform,
CaseLines, which the Royal Court is now licensed to use.
This Practice Direction applies in
respect of any matter where the Royal Court has decided that a hearing will be
conducted using electronic bundles. As the system is rolled out across
different courts, it will become the default system for the supply of bundles
for court hearings.
This guidance covers all matters before
the Royal Court other than proceedings covered by the Criminal Procedure
(Jersey) Law 2018 (subject to paragraph 4 of this guidance). This includes
interlocutory proceedings before the Royal Court, the Judicial Greffier, or the
Master of the Royal Court. It also applies to any proceedings before one of the
Family Judges subject to the guidance contained in Practice Direction FD20/01.
Until any guidance is issued under the
Criminal Procedure (Jersey) Law, this practice direction will also apply to all
sentencing hearings where CaseLines is to be used.
When a party applies for a hearing date,
or the Court fixes a date of its own motion, and electronic bundles are to be
used, the parties will be informed accordingly.
Permissions will be set up on the CaseLines
system for the parties and their legal representatives to access the relevant
case. Any person given access must register
on CaseLines as a user. CaseLines
provides guidance on how to upload documents and use the system.
To facilitate the uploading of relevant
material, the Greffe will have predetermined the sections required for the
Master Bundle for the applicant to populate.
These sections will be standard templates. If the parties consider that different or additional
templates are required, the applicant/plaintiff shall apply to the Court
official fixing the hearing to vary the standard templates used.
Material uploaded into each section will
be sorted into date order automatically by the CaseLines system. The date of
each document must therefore be inserted when uploading a document. Each
document must also be described succinctly.
Any document created by any party shall
use an appropriate font size so that the document is clearly legible on CaseLines. Wherever possible, any other document or authority
that is uploaded shall also be in a format that is clearly legible.
the specified templates, the applicant/plaintiff shall upload all relevant summonses
for the application, pleadings, acts of court, and any affidavits or other
evidence already filed with the Court. This shall be done within 2 working days
of the date fix hearing.
applicant shall also upload any other relevant documents, correspondence and
authorities to be cited on which it wishes to rely. Any other material shall be
filed as soon as reasonably practicable so that it can be referenced in any
skeleton argument which is to be filed.
in advance of uploading of material to the electronic bundle, all parties to
the action are required to consult with each other about what is to be uploaded
in order to avoid duplication. The applicant is to take the lead in this
consultation by setting out what documents it considers should be uploaded
the applicant shall upload a skeleton argument, any draft order proposed and a
list of essential reading. For interlocutory hearings this will be no later
than 2 working days before the hearing.
For Royal Court hearings or any trial, this will be no later than 1 week
before the hearing unless you are told otherwise. For lengthy hearings the
parties should allow a longer period of time between the completion of lodging
all relevant material and the start of the hearing to allow the court adequate
14) The other party(ies) shall only upload any
other relevant documents, correspondence or authorities to be cited on which it
wishes to rely that have not already been uploaded by the applicant/plaintiff. This
shall also be done as soon as reasonably practicable after a hearing date is
15) The other party(ies) shall also upload a skeleton
argument, any draft order proposed and a list of essential reading. The
deadline for uploading these documents is the same time limit that applies to
16) For any
subsequent hearings, parties shall make use of the same Master Bundle already
uploaded. Any additional pleadings, acts of court or affidavits produced since
the previous hearing shall be uploaded by the applicant to the Master Bundle.
17) The Greffe will also create a new sub-bundle
for each subsequent hearing. The parties will upload to the sub-bundle any
material or authorities required for that hearing together with a skeleton
argument, any draft order proposed and a list of essential reading, adopting
the same approach as for the first hearing set out in this Practice Direction.
certain types of hearings, the authorities’ bundle should be pre-populated with
the authorities regularly used by the Court. Ordinarily this will be done by
the applicant. In such cases only additional authorities that add to or explain
the approach to be taken by the Royal Court should be uploaded.
19) For a trial or final hearing, depending on the
complexity of the case, either the Master bundle shall be used, or a new trial
bundle created for use at trial. Again, a standard template will be set up on
CaseLines by the Greffe. If different
templates are required, the parties shall agree these and leave with the
uploading of material for trial bundles is the primary responsibility of the
plaintiff, who shall consult with other parties before finalising the content
of trial bundles. The uploading shall be completed by the date set out in any
directions issued for the conduct of the trial. Each party shall be responsible
for uploading its own skeleton argument and list of essential reading.
uploading of documents for any hearing including a trial must be completed by
the dates specified by the Court. Any
uploading beyond any date specified by the Court will not be permitted, and
will require an application to the presiding judge to upload any extra
22) It is the intention of the Court to enforce
the requirements of this Practice Direction. In appropriate cases, it may award
costs against a defaulting party, or against the lawyer representing that party
personally if that party fails to adhere to this Practice Direction without
reasonable excuse. Any non-compliance
may also lead to restrictions on how long a party may address the Court or to
material uploaded to CaseLines may only be used for the hearing for which it is
uploaded and may only be viewed by those persons granted the permission to use
CaseLines for that hearing. No material
may be shared with any other person.
Users should also take care not to allow inadvertent disclosure of any
material to anyone not authorised to view it. Any unauthorised release or
reading of information may result in serious consequences for the party
permitting the release as well as the person who is given access to or sees the
This Practice Direction will
come into force with immediate effect