Who is required to file electronically?
Any party represented by an attorney in the Supreme Court is required to submit filings through the electronic filing system.
Are individuals representing themselves eligible to file through the system?
No. At the current time, only parties represented by attorneys are able to file through the system.
Should all filings from attorneys be submitted through the system?
Most filings should be submitted through the system. Limited exceptions to this requirement (for example, when documents are filed under seal) are included in the “Guidelines for the Submission of Documents to the Supreme Court’s Electronic Filing System.”
If a document is submitted through the electronic filing system, does a filer still have to send a paper version of the filing?
Yes. At this time, the paper version of a document remains the official filing, and the requirement to submit electronically does not alter the core requirement of filing in paper form.
Will electronic filing at some point become the official means of filing?
It is expected that the electronic filing will become the official means of filing once the system has operated effectively for some period of time.
When should documents be submitted through the electronic filing system?
The electronic version should be submitted contemporaneously with the filing of the paper document in this Court. Thus, if a document is mailed or delivered by a third-party commercial carrier, it should be submitted through the system at or near the same time that it is delivered to the Postal Service or a third-party carrier. If a document is delivered to the Court directly, it should be submitted through the system at or near the same time that it is delivered.
Should amici submit filings through the electronic filing system?
Yes. Amici are required to submit filings just as parties do.
Does the submission of a document through the electronic filing system constitute service of the document upon other attorneys in the case?
No. Service of the process continues to be via paper as governed by Rule 29.
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