In practice, how are court documents filed and court fees paid in insolvency proceedings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?

In practice, how are court documents filed and court fees paid in insolvency proceedings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?

Produced in partnership with Christopher Adams of Partner  Gosschalks

The first thing to bear in mind is that courts are updating their processes and guidance, sometimes daily at present, so you should check with the relevant court to ensure you are complying with their procedures.

For further information on changes to court processes and procedures generally and specifically in relation to insolvency matters, see Practice Notes: Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for dispute resolution and Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Changes to the court process in insolvency proceedings.

In relation to insolvency work in the Business and Property courts, documents are to be filed using the CE-file system, as modified by the new Temporary Insolvency Practice Direction, in accordance with Practice Direction 510 (supplementing CPR 5.5 and CPR 7.12). For further information, see Practice Note: CE-File—electronic filing and case management in the Rolls Building and other courts.

In relation to individual courts, it is important to check with the relevant court what practice they have adopted. For example, some courts have restricted access to the court building for physical filing and court fees can instead be paid by use of a solicitors’ account, or by credit card/debit card on the telephone.

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