Thank you, Mr President. This application relates to a motion that is soon to be filed by the Prosecution. Your Honours ordered the Prosecution to file a motion regarding its desire to use certain new materials during the cross-examination of Mr Taylor. Our response was ordered due next Monday, 23 November. Now, over the weekend, I wrote an email to your legal officer, Mr Simon Meisenberg, copying the Prosecution, advising them that we would be making this application in respect of that response that's due next week and the application is this:
The current practice direction on the filing or dealing of documents in The Hague sub-office requires that responsive pleadings be limited to ten page in number. We would like to exceed that page limit to file a response that adds up to about 15 pages. We require showing of exceptional circumstances for that page increase. We point to your Honour the Presiding Judge's remarks last week regarding the importance of this pleading, regarding the need for thorough legal research and the inclusion of all relevant jurisprudence as forming the basis for the exceptional circumstances that warrant an oversized filing.
Your Honours will recall that the Prosecution made a similar application last week on Thursday. The Defence did not oppose it and subsequently on Friday last your Honours issued an order indeed granting the Prosecution leave to file a brief or motion that totals up to 15 pages. So that's our application. I will respectfully ask for that, Mr President and your Honours.