General guidelines for electronic bundles in the DIFC Courts
This protocol is a guideline to be used by Counsel and the Courts. It is intended to encourage and facilitate the use of electronic documents for cases in the DIFC Courts Court of First Instance (CFI) and Court of Appeal.
Filing and Service
The Courts encourage parties to file electronic versions of all documents.
Parties must agree on a time to file the bundle after which no further changes will be made to the common bundle or case on appeal, to ensure both parties can hyperlink without disruption;
The above should be read in accordance with the provisions of Part 35 of the Rules of the DIFC Courts (RDC).
The document must be numbered in ascending order regardless of whether multiple documents have been combined together.
The default display view size of all pages must always be 100%.
Texts on all pages must be selectable to facilitate comments and highlights to be imposed on the texts.
The bookmarks must be labelled indicating what document they are referring to (best to have the same name or title as the actual document) and also display the relevant page numbers.
The single bundle should not exceed more than 300 pages.
Supplementary documents or bundles filed during or close to the start of the hearing should be uploaded to the e-bundle to have access to the final version of the Bundle during the hearing.
If a document has to be read across rather than down the page, it should be so placed in the bundle as to ensure that the top of the text is nearest the spine;
Documents that are not in English should be translated; the translation should be marked and placed adjacent to the document transcribed; the translation should be agreed, or, if it cannot be agreed, each party's proposed translation should be included.
Non-compliance with the above guidelines may result in your electronic bundle being returned.
During the hearing Counsel should refer to the electronic bundle numbering when addressing the Court.