Guidance and support for people wanting to file documents online in the Royal Courts of Justice.
CE-File can be used by a legal professional on behalf of a client or by an individual who is not legally represented i.e. a ‘Litigant in Person’ in the Business and Property Courts, Senior Courts Costs Office and or for claims and appeals in the Queen’s Bench Division in the Royal Courts of Justice or the Senior Courts Costs Office.
You must register to use CE-File to file documents electronically, search for cases and order office copies. A fee may be payable online when you submit your claim or appeal.
More information about:
How to access and use the system
CE-File is very easy to use, just follow these 5 simple steps to register:
- access the CE-File system and register for an account by following the ‘Register as an E-Filer’ link. You will need to provide some personal details, and then once your registration has been completed you will receive a user name and password which you will need each time you use the system
- select ‘create new filing’. Ensure you select the correct court eg Chancery Appeals and then select whether this is a filing for a new or existing case
- explain what is being filed and upload the claim form or documents in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
- pay any necessary fees either by credit or debit card or use a PBA account.
- once accepted a case number will be created and you will be notified of it in CE-File and via email. In CE-File this will appear in the top right corner of the screen
For more information on filing papers please refer to the relevant guidance:
The maximum capacity is 50MB. If a document is too large send it in sections and make a note in the comments box.
If you are a legal professional, use of the CE-File system is mandatory for the Business and Property Courts, Senior Courts Costs Office or the Central Office of the Queen’s Bench Division. Attempts to file documents by post, DX, fax or email will not be accepted.
Manage your account
You can manage your account details and settings by clicking on the drop-down menu under your name in the top right-hand corner of the screen, and then selecting ‘My Account’.
If you are getting too many emails from CE-File, you can turn them off by navigating to ‘My Account’, select ‘Application Notification’ next to the ‘Notification Type’, then click save.
If your account is locked, you must wait 2 minutes for the account to unlock before you can log back into the system again, or you can reset your password from the login screen.
Associated legal organisations
Users who will be filing on behalf of a legal firm can link their account with their firm by selecting ‘My Account’, navigating to the bottom left of the page and selecting ‘View Associated Legal Organisations’.
Fees and help with fees
Court fees must be paid online by credit or debit card or via a fee account (PBA). Find a list of the applicable court fees
If you need help understanding the fees you are required to pay, please contact the court. Get help with fees.
If you are a regular user of the courts you can set up a fee account. Paying fees via a fees account (PBA)
The court will aim to process work received as soon as possible. Once your files have been accepted by the court, you can monitor the progress of your cases and see the sealed documents by searching for them via the CE-File system.
It is the responsibility of the person filing the case to inform the court that the filing is urgent. When an urgent application is filed, the filing party will need to upload a letter with the document outlining the reason(s) why a case must be dealt with urgently. The filing party must also place a comment in the ‘Comments’ field stating that the filing is urgent.
If papers are confidential, on the ‘Filing Information’ page, click on the arrow by ‘Confidential Reason’ and select from the options either ‘Classified’, ‘Information’ or ‘Other’. On receipt, the court will review your request for your documents to be confidential. If accepted then the document/case will be highlighted in red. This confirms that the document/case is confidential. This does not replace the need to make an application.
If your filing is rejected, you will receive an email informing you of this. There are a number of reasons why papers may be rejected. It is usually that the form is has been completed incorrectly, scanned incorrectly, the incorrect fee has been paid or the correct supporting application has not been sent. If your file is rejected and resubmitted the next day it will be sealed with the date you resubmitted the document. You can contact the court if this happens.
When issuing a claim the issuing party is responsible for updating all of the party details. If the relevant information is not included, the claim form will be rejected.
It is possible to submit an amended claim form to the court through CE-File. If you are in any doubt or would like some guidance contact the court. Once court staff approve the claim a case number will be created and you will be notified of it in CE-File and via email. Where a document is accidentally filed, and has not been rejected by the Court office, the person who filed the document will need to contact the court for assistance as soon as possible
You can make a public search of the courts’ register and/or order office copies (this functionality is only available in some courts). You cannot file documents with the court using this service.
CE-File allows registered users to file documents 24 hours a day, including weekends and bank holidays. This will enable claim forms to be issued and documents to be filed in electronic format out of normal court office opening hours.
The only exceptions are:
- during planned periods of system maintenance and upgrades when CE-File will not be available.
- in the event of unplanned periods during which CE- File will not be available, for example, due to a system failure or power outage.
Security and data protection
The information you enter on the CE-File system is secure and has a high-level of built-in security based on roles and confidentiality tags. The solution is hosted by Thomson Reuters at an ISO270001 compliant data centre.
Support and enquiries
If you are experiencing problems accessing the CE-File system please contact email@example.com.
If you would like to give feedback about a service issue, a suggested improvement, change or general comment about the system please contact RCJGIT@justice.gov.uk.