News from the courts/agencies

Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016
Comments sought on proposed amendments to SJC rules; Appeals Court launches electronic filing pilot project
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Comments sought on proposed amendments to SJC rules

An update to the Supreme Judicial Court's "Notice Inviting Comment" section has been posted seeking comments on proposed amendments to miscellaneous rules.

For a full listing of the notices, click here.

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Appeals Court launches electronic filing pilot project

The Appeals Court will launch an electronic filing pilot project as of March 31.

The pilot includes all civil, non-impounded appeals subject to review by a three-judge panel. A case initiation document (Civil Appeal Entry Form), electronic payment of entry fees, and many types of motions and other documents may be electronically filed and served through the Massachusetts Court System Odyssey File and Serve Site. In May, the pilot will expand to include the electronic filing and service of briefs and appendices in all civil, non-impounded panel cases.

Any Massachusetts attorney may register to participate in the e-filing pilot. Before participating, all filers should become familiar with the Interim Electronic Filing Rules for Pilot Courts, the Appeals Court Order Concerning Electronic Filing Pilot Project and the helpful training and guidance materials, which are all located on the Appeals Court FAQ Guidance page.