E-LITIGATION PORTAL NOTICE
Territory of the Virgin Islands
The E-Litigation Portal (the “Portal”) is now live for the Commercial Division of the High Court in the Territory of the Virgin Islands for the mandatory electronic filing of all new matters.
The Portal will go live for all new matters filed in the Court of Appeal from 1st August 2019.
Practitioners who have not yet registered on the Portal are urged to do so as soon as possible and are required to make a payment to place funds into their firms’ escrow account in order to avoid any inconvenience when filing.
From 1st August 2019 there will be no manual filings accepted by the Court Office for any of the proceedings which are commenced on the Portal. For those law firms that not yet registered, in order to file matters on the Portal the following must be done:
 Your law firm MUST be registered,
 User accounts for the legal practitioners and legal secretaries in your firm MUST be created, and
 Your law firm account MUST have sufficient funds to pay the necessary filing fees.
These three steps will usually take at least 1 to 2 business days to complete.
Creation of Law Firm on the Portal
In order to create your law firm on the Portal, if this has not yet been done for use of the portal in commercial matters, the following information must be provided:
 Name of law firm
 Senior managing partner’s name or the name of the person who will be administering the firm’s information on the Portal along with their e-mail address and telephone number
 Business Address
 Electronic copy of Business/Company Certificate which clearly shows business registration number (where available)
Kindly submit the information requested above to email@example.com as soon as possible.
Once this information is obtained, a record of the law firm will be created in the Portal. This will allow legal practitioners to create their user accounts within the Portal and, where applicable, associate themselves with their law firms.
Registration of User Accounts on the Portal
In order to register on the Portal, legal practitioners and their support staff not yet registered on the portal would each need at least the following:
 Law Firm Name
 Role in the Law Firm
 National ID, Passport # or Driver’s License #
 Electronic copy of National ID or Passport or Driver’s License
 Practicing Certificate # (where applicable)
Once your law firm has been registered on the Portal, please ensure that your law firms’ escrow account is topped up with funds as this is the only way that filing fee deductions will be made for filing through the Portal. Further, please remember to keep accounts sufficiently topped up as transfers may take a minimum of 2 days for processing.
For further details on how to top up an escrow account please see the Practice Guide referred to below.
Rules and Practice Guide
To provide for the practice and procedure in relation to filing and service on the Portal, the following are in force:
(i) Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Electronic Litigation Filing and Service Procedure) Rules, S.I. No. 56 of 2018.
(i) Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Electronic Litigation Filing and Service Procedure) (Amendment)Rules, S.I. No. 28 of 2019.
(ii) Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Electronic Litigation Filing and Service Procedure) Rules Practice Guide No. 1 of 2019 – Guidelines for Electronic Filing Using the ECSC Electronic Litigation Portal.
Legal practitioners are advised to become familiar with these, copies of which are available on the court’s website.
Kindly direct all queries in relation to the Portal to firstname.lastname@example.org
The ECSC E-Litigation Portal – Serving you on time and online!
Dated 8th July, 2019