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The Chancery Division is being dragged into the world of modern court processes and electronic filing, explains Francesca Kaye

9 December 2014

Lord Justice Briggs' Chancery Modernisation Review, published last December, included more than 100 recommendations to improve the practice and procedure of the Chancery Division.

It recognised the challenges presented by 'downward pressure on resources' and an 'almost complete lack of modern or effective IT'. Briggs LJ identified as a major objective "that modern IT should be provided ... to the specifications set out in the Jackson Report, including ... electronic filing and an electronic system for the drawing and sealing of orders".

E-filing

On 8 September 2014, the Chief Chancery Master issued practice notes on electronic filing (e-filing) and case management (e-working), and master's orders. These start the process of implementation w...

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