In a move which is very much in line with the Master of the Rolls vision for online digital justice, the use of the Damages Claims Portal for all claims for damages commencing in the County Court, is now mandatory for legally represented Claimants from today.
The pilot scheme had previously been in effect from May 2021 and will run until April 2024. The 142nd update to the CPR, which was released on 28 March makes the use of the online system mandatory.
There are a number of exceptions to this requirement, amongst which are, if the Claimant is a protected party, or the case is one to which the Pre-Action Protocol for Personal Injury Claims below the Small Claims Limit applies.
The full list of exemptions and guidance on how to follow the portal process can be found in Practice Direction 51ZB.