Sometimes you can communicate by email rather than letter. You may even be able to send legal documents as attachments to an email rather than by post. In either case, you will need to think carefully about what you will say in the email.
For a helpful tool to use when writing an email, see
Checklist: Writing emails and faxes.
When communicating by email about legal matters, you should use similar practices as you would if you were sending a legal letter. For more information on what to put in letters to courts, solicitors and other parties, see
When corresponding by email, you should:
Think about the email address that you are using to send and receive formal correspondence. If it has a very informal name, you might want to create a new email account to use for your case.
You may be able to serve (formally give the other party) court documents, send evidence, or submit forms by email as attachments. Depending on the court you are in and what the other party has put as their address for service, you may be able to serve:
by email. In some cases you may be able to submit court forms or other forms by email, though you should check with the relevant court, department or agency before doing this.
There are rules about the way certain documents can be served and some documents must always be served by personal service. You should check the court rules that apply in your case to make sure that you can use email. If you are not sure whether you can serve a document by email, you should get
If you want to send a document by email as an attachment, there are some things you should remember: