Electronic Working Pilot Scheme

I have not had the chance to read it yet, but Practice Direction (Electronic Working Pilot Scheme) supplementing rule 5.5 of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 provides for a pilot scheme by which, in the circumstances set out in the practice direction, proceedings may be started and all subsequent steps may be taken electronically (“Electronic Working”).

The pilot runs from 1 April to 31 March 2010, applies to claims started on or after 1st April 2009, and will operate in the Admiralty, Commercial and London Mercantile Courts of the High Court at the Royal Courts of Justice, with the possibility of extending the operation of the pilot scheme to other courts.

This looks one of the more interesting developments since the CPR was launched, when the electronic filing functions now being piloted were (or so it seemed) muddled in the official mind with the very different concept of electronic disclosure of documents between parties under Part 31 CPR.

More when I have had the chnace to read it properly.


About Chris Dale

I have been an English solicitor since 1980. I run the e-Disclosure Information Project which collects and comments on information about electronic disclosure / eDiscovery and related subjects in the UK, the US, AsiaPac and elsewhere
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