CE-File—electronic filing and case management in the Rolls Building and other courts
CE-File—electronic filing and case management in the Rolls Building and other courts

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • CE-File—electronic filing and case management in the Rolls Building and other courts
  • Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on CE-File and case management
  • How do I issue a claim electronically using CE-File?
  • How do I file a document using CE-File?
  • Technical requirements and guidance
  • Correctly categorising electronically filed documents
  • Statement of truth
  • What should you do with the original of any documents filed electronically?
  • When is a document deemed to have been filed?
  • What happens after you have filed a document electronically using CE-File?
  • More...

This Practice Note provides guidance on the interpretation and application of the relevant provisions of the CPR. Depending on the court in which your matter is proceeding, you may also need to be mindful of additional provisions—see further: Court specific guidance.

It looks at CE-File electronic working in the courts under CPR PD 51O, in the context of case management. It provides guidance on how to file a document electronically, deal with rejected electronic filings, issue a claim electronically, file electronic bundles (eBundles) for case management, costs management and other directions hearings, interim applications and trial.

This Practice Note should be read in conjunction with:

  1. Practice Note: CE-File—introduction to electronic filing in the Rolls Building and other courts—for guidance on which courts use CE-File electronic working and to which proceedings CE-File applies, how to get started using CE-File including paying fees and inspecting the record electronically

  2. Practice Note: Electronic filing and communications

  3. Court specific guidance—see below

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Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on CE-File and case management

The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary has published a protocol to aid civil courts in conducting remote hearings as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The protocol outlines what should happen when hearings are fixed, how the hearings should be handled and how the courts and parties should prepare.

Under the protocol, parties should, if necessary, prepare an electronic

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