E-LITIGATION PORTAL NOTICE
The E-Litigation Portal (the “Portal”) is now live for the Commercial Division of the High Court and the Court of Appeal in Saint Lucia for the mandatory electronic filing of all new matters.
The Portal will go live for all new matters filed in the Civil Division on 1st July 2019.
Although a Notice of Registration was posted on the Court’s website and disseminated through the High Court Registry and the Bar Association, a number of legal practitioners have not yet registered their law firms on the Portal. Practitioners who have not yet registered 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 July 2019 there will be no manual filings accepted by the Court Office for any of the proceedings which are available on the Portal. Therefore, in order to file a new matter or a document in a new matter created after this date:
 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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. 87 of 2018.
(i) Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Electronic Litigation Filing and Service Procedure) (Amendment)Rules, S.I. No. 43 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.
Additional Training Sessions
The ECSC is planning to provide legal practitioners with two additional E-Litigation training sessions, which are scheduled for 3rd & 4th July 2019 (from 9:00am to 4:00pm) at the National ICT Centre on The Derek Walcott Square.
Interested attorneys (and law firm staff) are required to register at the ECSC sub-office, on the top floor of the Renham Building, No. 2 William Peter Boulevard. There is a registration fee of $270XCD per person, per day. Payments are to be made either in the form of bank draft or cash. The deadline for registration is Friday, 21st June 2019.
Each training session will be for the duration of one day. Interested participants are required to attend one session. The training will be conducted on each of the days only if the ECSC receives 10 or more persons who have registered. A maximum of 24 participants could be accommodated on each of the days.
Additionally, legal practitioners who are not registered on the Portal by then, may come to the training venue with copies (either in electronic or hard copy) of all the required documentation to create an account, at which time assistance will be provided for the creation of accounts.
Kindly direct all queries in relation to the Portal to email@example.com
The ECSC E-Litigation Portal – Serving you on time and online!
Dated 3rd June, 2019