Kerry Underwood

ELECTRONIC WORKING IN THE SENIOR COURTS COSTS OFFICE

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The matters dealt with in this piece are examined in great detail in my three volume, 1,300 page book Personal Injury Small Claims, Portals and Fixed Costs – price £50 and available from Underwoods Solicitors here.

Kerry Underwood offers consultancy services in relation to this and other matters and details are here.

These principles, and the whole issue of Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting, is dealt with in my book – Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting, Section 57 and Set-Off – Available from me here for £15.

 

Electronic filing in the Senior Courts Costs Office is compulsory from 20 January 2020 for legally represented parties, including lawyers representing themselves – see  Electronic Working in the Senior Courts Costs Office – Practice Note by the Senior Costs Judge.

Documents sent to the Senior Courts Costs Office other than through the Courts Electronic Filing System (CE-File) will not be filed or issued.

The system is operating on a voluntary basis from 7 October 2019 to 19 January 2020.

The Practice Note deals with cases transferred to the Senior Courts Costs Office as well as dealing with documents subject to a confidentiality or anonymity order (paragraphs 17 and 18).

Draft orders must be filed as Word documents and electronic bills must be filed in both Excel spreadsheet and PDF format and all other documents must be filed in PDF format (paragraph 14).

Skeletons and chronologies may be filed using the CE-File or by email to scco@justice.gov.uk .

From 20 January 2020, statements of costs for summary assessment on Form N260 must be filed electronically (paragraph 21).

A hard copy is required for every hearing of an application (paragraphs 19 and 20).

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October 11, 2019 at 8:12 am

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