SEDLEY J (AS HE THEN WAS)
THE LAWS OF DOCUMENTS
Documents may be assembled in any order, provided it is not chronological, numerical or alphabetical.
Documents shall in no circumstances be paginated continuously.
No two copies of any bundle shall have the same pagination.
Every document shall carry at least three numbers in different places.
Any important documents shall be omitted.
At least 10% of the documents shall appear more than once in the bundle.
As may photocopies as practicable shall be illegible, truncated or cropped.
- At least 80% of the documents shall be irrelevenat.
- Counsel shall refer in court to no more than 10% of the documents, but these may include as may irrelevant ones as counsel or solicitor deems appropriate.
Only one side of any double-sided document shall be reproduced.
Transcriptions of manuscript documents shall bear as little relation as reasonably practicable to the original.
3% of all documents shall be upside down.
Documents shall be held together in the absolute discretion of the person assembling them by:
- a steel pin sharp enough to injure the reader;
- a staple too short to penetrate the full thickness of the bundle;
- tape binding or similar so stitch or bundled together that the document cannot be fully opened; or
- a ring or lever-arch binder so damaged that the two arcs do not meet.