ECSC E-LITIGATION PORTAL NOTICE
Commonwealth of Dominica
The E-Litigation Portal (the “Portal”) will be going live for The Commonwealth of Dominica for the mandatory electronic filing ofall new matters filed in theCourt of Appeal and theCivil Division of the High Court from Monday, 2nd December, 2019.
The Court office will conduct training for Practitioners and their support staff, during the month of November, 2019. The training is structured for persons to attend at least one full day session. All attendees must register with the Registrar in order to secure a training spot.
From 2nd December, 2019 there will be no manual filings accepted by the Court Office for any of the new proceedings which are commenced on the Portal. Practitioners are encouraged to register themselves and their law Firms on the Portal as soon as possible and to make a payment to place funds into their firms’ escrow account in order to avoid any inconvenience when filing.
In order for law firms 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, 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, 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 to provide 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 your law firm account will be created automatically so 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 documents which are filed 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 on the court’s website.
Legal Practitioners are advised to ensure that their Chambers is equipped with internet access with a minimum bandwidth of 10 MB ADSL and a scanner which can be used to create the .pdf documents to be filed.
Rules and Practice Guide
To provide for the practice and procedure in relation to filing and service on the Portal, the following have been issued:
(i) Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Electronic Litigation Filing and Service Procedure) Rules, S.I. No. 2 of 2019.
(i) 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 will be made available on the court’s website shortly.
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 15th October, 2019