CPR - Sending formal documents - How to File a Document at the Court Office

An important part of the process of civil litigation is providing formal documents to the court office, by deadlines ordered by the court or set by the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR). This is called filing a document.

Because of the importance attached to filing documents, the rules say that only certain ways of filing are valid. 


Most courts dealing with business and property matters have a website through which documents, in PDF form, must be filed. For those filings for which a fee is payable, you will be prompted to enter a credit/debit card number. 


In those courts which do not have a website, you can usually file most documents by emailing them to the court as attachments. Make sure that you use the correct email address and put the case name and number in the Subject of the email. In the body of the email put "Please find attached [document name] for filing. If any fee is payable I would like to pay by card. My phone number to take payment is..."

You should generally aim to file documents well before the deadline date but, if you do end up filing on the deadline date, It is best to send by email no later than the morning of the deadline date. This is important not only because you might have temporary problems with your internet link but also because documents sent by email have to be processed by court staff and there is a cut-off time in the afternoon after which time documents received are counted as filed on the next day the court office is open.

Not all documents can be filed by email. See www.justice.gov.uk/courts/email-guidance f
or details of what can and cannot be filed by email and double check with the court in good time before any deadline if you are in any doubt.


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