Guidance issued on electronic filing in Bankruptcy and Companies Court - statement issued by Chief Registrar Baister

Guidance issued on electronic filing in Bankruptcy and Companies Court - statement issued by Chief Registrar Baister

The Chief Bankruptcy Registrar has confirmed that from 1 October 2015 an electronic file will be maintained of all proceedings commenced in the Bankruptcy and Companies Court in the Royal Courts of Justice at the Rolls Building. Proceedings begun before 1 October and which have a maintained paper file will continue to be operated as a paper file.

The full note released is as follows:

Electronic filing in the Bankruptcy and Companies Court (Rolls Building)

Electronic issuing and filing

From 1 October 2015 an electronic file will be maintained of all proceedings commenced in the Bankruptcy and Companies Court in the Royal Courts of Justice at the Rolls Building. Proceedings commenced before that date and for which a paper file has been maintained will continue to be operated as a paper file.

Court users will not be able to issue proceedings electronically until either a change has been made to the Insolvency Rules 1986 or a Practice Direction has been issued (see rule 12A.14 Insolvency Rules 1986). Until then documents will be issued at the public counter and by post and scanned onto the electronic file. Staff will ask for longer documents such as witness statements and large exhibits to be emailed to the court.

A guide to issuing electronically is available online at http://www.ce-file.uk/

Fees

Fees will have to be paid using Payment by Account or a debit card. For further information see: http://libra.lcd.gsi.gov.uk/hmcts/documents/fee-account/fee-account-promoti

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About the author:
Eleanor qualified in 1998 into the insolvency team at ASB law. She became a partner in 2005, and went on to head up the Recovery & Insolvency team. Whilst traditionally specialising mainly in contentious corporate insolvency matters, in recent years she has moved into the non contentious arena, in particular specialising in company administrations.