As these cases illustrate, the courthouse closures did not affect our written communication with the parties or the initiation of new cases. Well before mid-March, all communications and filings were being submitted electronically in NCC’s eNCC portal.
Several advantages are noteworthy:
- eNCC helps not only to keep things moving, but also to have an up-to-date overview of pending cases and new cases that are initiated
- eNCC enables NCC to communicate swiftly with the parties, as the designated judge and clerk have direct access to the case file; directions can be given without the need for the Registry passing on information to and from the judge.
In the two recent cases discussed above, communication was quick and clear, and counsel had continuous access to documents and updates in eNCC.
In other courts in the Netherlands, the COVID-19 situation has had a greater impact, as they were mostly still relying on hard copy case files. They have switched to email filing, but that makes it hard to keep track of which documents have been filed and what the current status is.