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Electronic filing of court documents has been introduced in New York State to bring the convenience and efficiency of advanced technology to attorneys and the public, as well as to the court system.

E-filing is the electronic transmission, service, and filing of court documents, document retrieval by access to an electronic docket, and instantaneous electronic notification of decisions and other filings in court cases.

E-filing offers many benefits. The user can file documents in court at any hour of any day and do so from anywhere in the world that internet access can be obtained, without the need for a trip to the courthouse. Documents can be served electronically at any time from anywhere instead of being delivered by hand, through a delivery service company, etc. The act of filing an interlocutory document with the system immediately causes service to be effectuated on all attorneys on the case participating in e-filing. Court fees are paid via the e-filing system by credit card or bank card and this can be done at any time. An electronic case docket is created as documents are filed, which facilitates access to the case documents. The case file is accessible simultaneously at any time from anywhere by all attorneys on the case. The e-filing system is very easy to learn and use. Commonly used hardware and software are all that is needed. There are no fees to e-file documents or otherwise to use the system other than the normal court fees required to be paid by law in all cases. Documents can be printed from the e-file at no charge. The system provides instantaneous e-mail notice to participating attorneys when the court files a decision or other court document in the electronic file.

E-filing also offers benefits to the court system. For example, it saves the County Clerk and the court from having to maintain archives of paper documents, thus reducing storage and related costs. Immediate and convenient access to the case file at any time from anywhere assists the Justices and their staff.

E-filing has been authorized in Supreme Court in Albany, Bronx, Broome, Erie, Essex, Kings, Nassau, New York, Niagara, Onondaga, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties; in Surrogate’s Court in Cayuga, Chautauqua, Cortland, Erie, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Queens, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, Wayne, and Yates Counties; in the Court of Claims in districts covering 19 counties; and in New York City Civil Court. E-filing is mandatory in various categories of case in Supreme Court and Surrogate’s Court in 19 counties, including in Commercial Division cases in Erie, Kings, Nassau, New York, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties.

The e-filing application is the New York State Courts Electronic Filing System (“NYSCEF”). Visit the NYSCEF website.

December 8, 2013



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