Easy integration with the glimr case management system

gem install glimr-api-client -v 0.3.2


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A simple client to integrate with the GLiMR case management system in use in various UK tribunals.



The gem expects a GLIMR_API_URL environment variable, providing the endpoint at which the API can be found. This will be something like; https://glimr-api.taxtribunals.dsd.io

This URL must be accessible from wherever your code is running.

If you need to set the api timeout, use the GLIMR_API_TIMEOUT_SECONDS environment variable. This defaults to 5 seconds.

The call to register new cases can take a long time. It has its own timeout as a result: 32 seconds. Use the GLIMR_REGISTER_NEW_CASE_TIMEOUT_SECONDS environment variable to override this.

Check Availablity


Check if the GLiMR API is available. Raises GlimrApiClient::Unavailable if anything other than a positive response is received; this includes network errors and timeouts.

Register a New Case

GlimrApiClient::RegisterNewCase.call(<case parameters>)

Accepts the following parameters:

  jurisdictionId: 8,
  onlineMappingCode: 'something',
  contactPhone: '1234',
  contactFax: '5678',
  contactEmail: 'foo_at_bar.com',
  contactPreference: 'Email',
  contactFirstName: 'Alice',
  contactLastName: 'Caroll',
  contactStreet1: '5_Wonderstreet',
  contactStreet2: 'contact_street_2',
  contactStreet3: 'contact_street_3',
  contactStreet4: 'contact_street_4',
  contactCity: 'London',
  documentsURL: 'http...google.com',
  repPhone: '7890',
  repFax: '6789',
  repEmail: 'bar_at_baz.com',
  repPreference: 'Fax',
  repReference: 'MYREF',
  repIsAuthorised: 'Yes',
  repOrganisationName: 'Acme._Ltd.',
  repFAO: 'Bob_Hope',
  repStreet1: '5_Repstreet',
  repStreet2: 'Repton',
  repStreet3: 'Repshire',
  repStreet4: 'Rep_st._4',
  repCity: 'City_of_reps'

Currently only jurisdictionId and onlineMappingCode are mandatory.

Deprecated Calls

Pending a Ministerial review of fees in tribunals, the four method related to managing payment were deprecated in late April, 2017.

In the event that these methods are required at a later date, the code can be re-vivfied in the repo. See the following commit for details of files removed:


The specs may require some adaption.


See the dummy Rails app in /spec/dummy for examples of how the gem might be used in a production environment.


Add this line to your application’s Gemfile:

gem 'glimr-api-client'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install glimr-api-client


Run bundle rake in the gem source directory for a full set of specs, mutation tests and rubocop checks.

In an application

Examples of how this gem might be used can be found in the specs. There is also a set of RSpec shared examples that can be copied and modified. These can be found in spec/suppport/shared_examples_for_govpay.rb.


Fork, then clone the repo:

git clone git@github.com:your-username/glimr-api-client.git

Make sure the tests pass:

bundle db:setup
bundle exec rake

Make your change. Add specs for your change. Make the specs pass:

bundle exec rake

Push to your fork and submit a pull request.

Some things that will increase the chance that your pull request is accepted:

  • Write specs.
  • Make sure you don’t have any mutants (part of total test suite).
  • Write a good commit message.


Released under the MIT License. Copyright (c) 2015-2016 Ministry of Justice.