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Issues Arising from the Central London Chancery Court Users Meeting

There was a meeting of the County Court at Central London Chancery User Group last Wednesday, 4th November. The Judges asked to draw a few points to members’ attention:

The Judges have repeated their request that practitioners use the “CJSKEL” and “DJSKEL” email addresses for skeleton arguments intended for Circuit Judges and District Judges respectively (CentralLondonCJSKEL@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk and CentralLondonDJSKEL@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk). The Circuit Judges noted that they check the CJSKEL inbox quite assiduously on Thursday afternoon for skeleton arguments for the Chancery Interim Applications List on Fridays, and added that (i) using that email address is thus the best way of ensuring that your skeleton argument reaches the appropriate Circuit Judge; and (ii) it is helpful, where a hearing has been adjourned, if Counsel re-send their skeleton arguments to that address shortly in advance of the relisted hearing (as their original email may no longer be there by that time).

2. The Judges who sit to deal with bankruptcy and company matters at Central London have their own email address (available from the HM Courts and Tribunals Service website) and do not have access to the general DJSKEL and CJSKEL inboxes, so skeleton arguments etc. should be sent to their special address. RCJBankCLCCDJHearings@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk

3. If you email a Judge’s Clerk and receive an out-of-office response, it is suggested that you email the “enquiries” email address at Central London (enquiries@centrallondon.countycourt.gsi.gov.uk), which should ensure that your query gets to the right person.