CE-Filing: let the midnight oil burn? - Solicitors Journal

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"There are circumstances in which the date for filing a document is specified in the direction or order, but the time is not. There is no explicit provision in CPR PD 51O which governs this scenario. Based on the latest case law developments, in some cases, such documents may be electronically filed up until midnight on the date specified."

Writing in the Solicitors Journal, senior associate Emily Mitcheson explores the timing requirements for filings made via CE-File following recent case law developments in Microsoft Ireland Operations Ltd & Ors v JJH Enterprises Ltd (trading as Value Licensing).

The system enables parties to issue claims and file documents electronically and to pay court fees online, 24 hours a day and all year round. A gradual roll-out across further Courts culminated in CE-File becoming mandatory for professional users of the Court of Appeal in February 2022.  The Electronic Working Pilot Scheme (CPR PD51O) provides guidance on the implementation and use of the CE-File system. 

The full article is available to read online and by subscription to the Solicitors Journal. 

Emily Mitcheson is a senior associate in the commercial litigation team. She is particularly experienced in dealing with civil fraud disputes and complex contractual matters and advises on a broad range of disputes involving individualscharities and businesses across a large number of business sectors.

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