Award-winning Court of Protection Costs Specialists
The voluntary pilot was introduced on 7 October 2019, but will be mandatory from January 2020. Our advice is to trial a few files sooner rather than later, so any issues can be ironed out prior to its formal introduction.
The process, as far as we understand it, can be outlined as follows:-
Practitioners are able to register their “account” with the SCCO (see link below). We understand firms can set up teams so that assessed bills can be emailed back to the team following assessment.
There is an option “Register as an e-filer” which takes you into the registration process.
This is certainly a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, practitioners remain unable to send their files in electronic form (it is only the assessment documents and bill that may be filed electronically) but the SCCO is already scanning assessed bills on to their system so that in the event assessed bills go missing, they do not have to be re-assessed by the court (as happened previously as no copies were kept by the court).
We sincerely hope that the court will move to a platform that will enable it to accept files in electronic format, whether that be by USB stick or DVD. It will certainly cut down on paper use and postal costs and would be the next logical step given the move to a more paper free office environment.
We hope the tips provided above will provide useful into your initial foray into e-filing. As always we are here to help.
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