Many states, and the federal courts now rely largely on e-filing. This appears to be a step in that direction.
Notice Inviting Comment
Proposed Appeals Court Standing Order
The Appeals Court Proposes Adoption of a Standing Order Regarding the Filing of Certain Motions and Letters
The Appeals Court proposes to adopt a standing order entitled “Standing Order Regarding the Filing of Certain Motions and Letters.” The standing order will require litigants to file an electronic copy of designated motions and letters, and any oppositions thereto, all of which typically are filed after oral argument or the Appeals Court’s decision. In addition to continuing to file a paper copy, the filer will now provide the Appeals Court with a searchable PDF (portable document format) copy of the motion or letter, and any accompanying documents, either (a) on a CD-ROM or (b) by an email. The standing order applies only to cases entered on the Appeals Court’s panel docket, and does not apply to petitions entered on the Appeals Court’s single justice docket.
Receipt of electronic copies of these documents will allow the Appeals Court to track and process them more reliably and efficiently. In addition, experience the Appeals Court and the bar gain from dealing with electronically filed versions of the designated documents will be extremely helpful in thinking about and planning for broader e-filing opportunities.
The Appeals Court welcomes comments on the proposed change. Comments should be submitted by December 28, 2009. They should be addressed to Joseph F. Stanton, Clerk, Appeals Court, One Pemberton Square, Suite 1200, Boston, MA 02108-1705, or sent by email to: email@example.com,
In much of the country, and the federal courts e-filing is standard practice. Movement in that direction would be a major change in the legal culture of this state.