Yes, your Honour, I would be happy to. Perhaps Defence counsel is perplexed with the issue he raises; we also are perplexed, since we addressed that issue in a letter to him very recently. And our position was, first of all, that as he also has stated, providing materials in electronic format is not required as a part of disclosure. In order to assist the Defence, we have provided such materials in that format.
On the 4th of June, as you're aware, we received a letter, as all of us did, that the accused would represent himself. Thereafter, there was a determination that a new Defence team would be appointed. Now, there was a notice that the Defence team had been appointed, in fact, but by a media release shortly after that. We had concerns that in fact this new Defence team had not signed any type of agreement that would bind them to keep confidential materials confidential.
So until we had assurances that this new Defence team would in fact honour obligations that they had signed up to honour, we did not disclose any of our materials in electronic format. We have serious concerns about disclosing the material directly to the accused in electronic format, and we have explained those concerns to the Defence.
Now, the Defence did then ask us by letter that we provide electronic format for this period of time between the 4th of June and the 25th of September. And what we responded to them was quite simple, that as they have workload issues, we have workload issues, and that I discussed with my Case Manager her ability to go back and do this, given her current obligations. And as I noted to the Defence in the letter we sent them, that we determined that as our workload permits, we will provide these materials in electronic format.