CE-Filing in the Costs Office from 7 October 2019

CE-Filing in the Costs Office from 7 October 2019

The 110th update—practice direction amendments extends the Electronic Working Pilot Scheme to the Senior Court Costs Office (SCCO). It does this by changes to  CPR PD 51O and related changes to CPR PD 47. The changes come into force on Monday 7 October 2019.

These changes extend the Electronic Working Scheme on a voluntary basis to the Costs Office.  However, it is important to note that, except for litigants in person, the requirement to use CE-Filing in the Costs Office will become mandatory on 20 January 2020.

The new regime will apply to:

  • detailed assessments in the Costs Office (including provisional assessments)
  • Part 8 claims commenced in the Costs Office
  • the assessment of legal aid bills in the Costs Office
  • the assessment of the bills of deputies appointed by the Court of Protection
  • criminal costs appeals

Different considerations apply depending on when a claim was commenced (including those prior to 7 October 2019) as well as the type of document you are seeking to file.


For the changes to the Practice Directions, see:

110th practice direction update


A practice note providing guidance has been issued by the Senior Costs Judge. It can be accessed here.

The CE-Filing service

The CE-Filing service can be accessed here.

Practical guidance for users of CE-File can be found here.

For Lexis®PSL subscribers

An insight into the issues to consider when using CE-Filing in the Costs Office, see Practice Note:  CE-File—electronic filing in the Senior Court Costs Office

For an insight into how to undertake such filing, see Practice Note: CE-File—electronic filing and case management in the Rolls Building and other courts

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Janna is a dispute resolution lawyer. She deals primarily with cross border issues and is active in the work being undertaken in relation to the implications of Brexit for Dispute Resolution lawyers. Janna also heads up a LexisNexis costs team bringing together expertise from across the company to deal with the costs issues facing the profession.