CE-File—introduction to electronic filing in the Rolls Building and other courts
CE-File—introduction to electronic filing in the Rolls Building and other courts

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

  • CE-File—introduction to electronic filing in the Rolls Building and other courts
  • Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on CE-File electronic filing
  • Which courts use (or will use) CE-File electronic working?
  • Rolls Building
  • Central Office of the Queen’s Bench Division
  • Senior Courts Costs Office
  • Business and Property Courts (B&PCs) District Registries
  • Court of Appeal (Civil Division) and Administrative Court
  • What is the background to the introduction of electronic filing in the Rolls Building?
  • CPR provisions
  • More...

This Practice Note is an introduction to CE-File electronic working/electronic filing or e-working/e-filing in the courts under CPR PD 51O, including when and where electronic working applies, how to get started using CE-File, how to pay court fees and how to inspect the record electronically.

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 below.

The guidance in this Practice Note should be read in conjunction with:

  1. CE-File—electronic filing and case management in the Rolls Building and other courts—for guidance on CE-File electronic filing at each stage of proceedings, eg how to file a document electronically, issue a claim electronically, how to file electronic bundles

  2. Electronic filing and communications

  3. Court specific guidance—see below

CE-File electronic working generally operates 24 hours a day, all year round, including weekends and bank holidays. The system will not be available during any planned ‘down-time’ to allow for planned system maintenance and upgrades, and unplanned ‘down-time’ in the event of, for example, system failure, power outage or some other unplanned circumstance. The CE-File website contains details in relation to planned down-time.

Click here for access to the portal.

Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on CE-File electronic filing

On 1 July 2020, HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS)

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