United States Supreme Court: Are you ready for e-filing?
Today, the United States Supreme Court formally announced that e-filing will begin in the Court on November 13, 2017. You may access the Court’s press release HERE, or for a complete review of the e-filing system access the Court’s guide to e-filing HERE.
According to the press release, e-filing will be required for most filings. Pro se and sealed filings will be exempted. Initially, both paper and electronic filing will be required by all attorney-represented parties, and the paper copies will remain the official filing at the court. Electronic filing will be required contemporaneously with the paper filing. Thus, the electronic filing should happen at or near the same time (and definitely the same day) as the paper filing is hand-delivered to court or put in the possession of the carrier.
The electronic filing will eventually become “the official means of filing once the system has operated effectively for some period of time.”
Registration for the e-filing system is not yet open. It is anticipated to open 4-8 weeks before the November 13th start date. The court anticipates it taking 1-2 business days for registration applications to be processed.
The press release also indicates that the court’s entire docket will be publicly available at no charge once this system is in place. This is a significant contrast to the PACER system used in the United States Courts of Appeals, which charges fees per page. New case filings will be reviewed by the Clerk’s Office before becoming publicly available. Most other filings will be available within 10-15 minutes of submission, but will be marked “submitted” before being reviewed. The documents will be labeled “filed” after they are approved and accepted.
Attorneys involved in a case will receive automatic notifications of new filings. The public may also sign up for notifications regarding particular cases of interest. I look forward to the implementation of this e-filing system, which helps bring the halls of justice to the people.
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