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US Supreme Court launching electronic filing system Nov. 13

Friday, August 4, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Menden
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The U.S. Supreme Court will take a step toward transparency when it launches a long-awaited electronic filing system starting in November.

The court says that once the system is in place, virtually all new filings will be accessible without cost to the public and legal community on its electronic docket. A quick link on the court websites homepage will provide access to the new system.  

The court will begin operation of a new electronic filing system on Nov. 13. At that time, parties represented by counsel will be required to upload digital copies of their paper filings.

Most federal courts already use electronic filing through the PACER system.  The PACER system, however, charges users a 10-cent-per-page fee.

Initially the official filing of documents will continue to be on paper in all cases, but parties who are represented by counsel will also be required to submit electronic versions of documents through the electronic filing system. The filings will then be posted to the court’s docket and made available to the public through the court’s website. Filings from self-represented parties will not be submitted through the electronic filing system, but will be scanned by court personnel and made available for public access on the electronic docket.

Attorneys who expect to file documents at the court will register in advance to obtain access to the electronic filing system. Registration will open 4-8 weeks before the system begins operation.

You can find more information at the Supreme Court website.