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Paperless document exchange for General Court 18/10/2018 From 1st December e-Curia will become the only means of exchange of legal documents between parties’ representatives and the EU General Court.

Paperless document exchange for General Court

The General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union has announced that from 1st December its ‘e-Curia’ will become the only means of exchange of legal documents between parties’ representatives and the General Court.

The aim is to make the best use of the immediacy of paperless communications and to optimise case-handling.

The IT application ‘e-Curia’, which is common to the Court of Justice and the General Court, enables procedural documents to be lodged and served electronically - and has proved successful since becoming available in 2011. Since then, according to the Court, there has been an increase in the number of access account holders (currently 4,230) and an increase in the percentage of lodgements made using e-Curia (83% in 2017, before the General Court).

The positive feedback gathered from users (lawyers and agents), the advantages of the immediacy of electronic transfers and the enhanced efficiency which are the result of the abandon of managing mixed formats (paper and digital) have led the General Court to develop the process of the move to paperless procedures.

On 11th July 2018, the General Court adopted amendments to its Rules of Procedure and a new decision concerning the lodging and service of procedural documents by means of e-Curia.

Those amendments and that decision, published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 25th September 2018, will make e-Curia the only means of exchange between the parties and the General Court from 1st December 2018.

The change affects all parties (applicants, defendants and interveners) and all types of procedures, including the urgent procedure, while retaining certain exceptions to observe the principle of access to the courts (in particular where using e-Curia is impossible for technical reasons or where legal aid is sought by an applicant not represented by a lawyer).

More information can be found here.

 

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