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What is the position regarding electronic signatures on documents filed at court (including claim forms or particulars of claim or witness statements, etc)? Are electronic signatures accepted and is this effected by typing or writing your name with a pen on a surface pro, or adding a ‘picture’ of your signature? Is the electronic signature sufficient or does it need to be followed with a manually signed hard copy of the document? If electronic signatures are permissible, does a party need the courts’ permission and/or do the other parties have to agree to their use?

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Published on LexisPSL on 05/07/2019

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  • What is the position regarding electronic signatures on documents filed at court (including claim forms or particulars of claim or witness statements, etc)? Are electronic signatures accepted and is this effected by typing or writing your name with a pen on a surface pro, or adding a ‘picture’ of your signature? Is the electronic signature sufficient or does it need to be followed with a manually signed hard copy of the document? If electronic signatures are permissible, does a party need the courts’ permission and/or do the other parties have to agree to their use?

What is the position regarding electronic signatures on documents filed at court (including claim forms or particulars of claim or witness statements, etc)? Are electronic signatures accepted and is this effected by typing or writing your name with a pen on a surface pro, or adding a ‘picture’ of your signature? Is the electronic signature sufficient or does it need to be followed with a manually signed hard copy of the document? If electronic signatures are permissible, does a party need the courts’ permission and/or do the other parties have to agree to their use?

The signature for a statement of truth may be printed electronically, by computer or other mechanical means (CPR 5.3). The name of the person whose signature is printed must also be printed so that the person may

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