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Part XIV: Electronic Filing and Service for Criminal Proceedings

116. Application

(1) The directions contained in this Part shall apply to the filing, service, delivery and conveyance of documents in criminal proceedings commenced in the High Court and the Court of Appeal on or after 10 January 2005.

(2) The attention of solicitors is drawn to the Criminal Procedure Code (Electronic Filing and Service) Regulations 2012, which shall have effect in relation to any document that is required to be filed with, served on, delivered or otherwise conveyed to the Supreme Court or any party to any criminal matter that is to be heard in the Supreme Court under the Criminal Procedure Code (Cap 68).

(3) In addition, the following paragraphs of these Practice Directions shall apply, mutatis mutandis, to specified documents filed under this Part:

117. Hard copies of documents

(1) The provisions of this paragraph are without prejudice to the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code (Electronic Filing and Service) Regulations 2012.

(2) Counsel in magistrate’s appeals, criminal revisions, criminal motions, show cause proceedings and special case hearings before the High Court should ensure that 2 hard copies each of any skeletal arguments and/or bundles of authorities are tendered to the Legal Registry of the Supreme Court.

(3) Counsel in criminal appeals, criminal motions and criminal references before the Court of Appeal should ensure that 4 hard copies of any skeletal arguments are tendered to the Legal Registry.

(4) For the avoidance of doubt, it shall not be necessary for bundles of authorities to be filed electronically.

118. Timelines for filing

(1) Skeletal arguments that are to be electronically filed must be filed and served in accordance with the following timelines:

(2) Hard copies of bundles of authorities shall be tendered to the Legal Registry of the Supreme Court at the same time as hard copies of skeletal arguments.

(3) Where an accused person intends to plead guilty to the charge(s) proceeded with at a preliminary inquiry or committal hearing, the prosecution shall tender hard copies of the following to the Legal Registry of the Supreme Court at least 2 working days before the hearing:

(4) In all other cases fixed for a preliminary inquiry or committal hearing, the prosecution shall tender hard copies of the following to the Legal Registry of the Supreme Court at least 5 clear days before the hearing:

119. Filing fees

The attention of solicitors is drawn to Regulations 7 and 8 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Electronic Filing and Service) Regulations 2012, which govern the payment of fees for the use of the service bureau and the electronic filing service for criminal proceedings.