Communication and filing of documents by email
Communication and filing of documents by email

The following Family guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Communication and filing of documents by email
  • Communication and filing of documents by email
  • What the court can send via email
  • Specified organisations
  • Persons other than specified organisations
  • Technical specifications
  • Date of receipt by the court
  • Statement of truth
  • Practical tips

This Practice Note considers the provisions in the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, relating to communication and filing of documents with the court by email in family proceedings (save for adoption proceedings) as provided for in FPR 2010, PD 5B. It explains the different requirements for specified organisations and ‘persons other than specified organisations’ and the requirements that any email sent to the court under FPR 2010, PD 5B must comply with.

Subsequent to the coming into force of FPR 2010, PD 5B, a number of pilot schemes have been introduced in the Family Court, providing, inter alia, for the online filing of applications and where such a pilot scheme applies, any steps taken should be in accordance with the relevant pilot. See Practice Note: Pilot schemes in the Family Court.

Communication and filing of documents by email

Amendments were made to FPR 2010 on 7 December 2015 by virtue of the Family Procedure (Amendment No 3) Rules 2015, SI 2015/1868, including the addition of FPR 2010, PD 5B making provision for communication and the filing of documents with the court by email.

The provisions set out in FPR 2010, PD 5B allow parties in proceedings governed by the FPR 2010 to:

  1. communicate with the court by email, and

  2. file specified documents by attaching those documents to an email