Big Changes For New York Appellate Divisions: The Transition to E-Filing and Uniform Rules Begins
On February 6, 2018, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore presented the 2018 State of the Judiciary. While covering a broad range of developments, achievements, and goals for the courts, she announced big changes to appellate practice in the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division. Though these changes have been anticipated, the announcements are exciting.
Chief Judge DiFiore announced that limited implementation of electronic filing will begin in all four Departments of the Appellate Division, beginning March 1, 2018. This process has been a long time coming. The Uniform Rules governing Appellate Division e-filing can be found here.
In the First Department, the initial class of appeals to be e-filed are commercial cases originating in the Supreme Court, Bronx and New York Counties. First Department e-filing information may be found here.
In the Second Department, e-filing of appeals is beginning with matters that were originated and electronically filed in Supreme and Surrogate’s Courts in Westchester County. Second Department e-filing information may be found here.
In the Third Department, electronic filing will begin with appeals arising from civil actions from the Third Judicial District. Third Department e-filing information may be accessed here.
In the Fourth Department, appeals that come from matters originating in or transferred to the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of the Fourth Judicial Department. Fourth Department e-filing information may be found here.
Uniform Rules of the Appellate Division
Today, Chief Judge DiFiore also announced that the Uniform Rules of the Appellate Division will be implemented in all four departments, effective September 15, 2018. These changes have been long-anticipated and will bring much needed consistency in appellate practice throughout the state.
We will continue to publish articles about the implementation process as the details are ironed out. AppealTech is committed to being on the forefront of rule developments and changes. I am happy to answer any questions you might have about these changes. Please feel free to reach me at (212) 213-4796 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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