It’s not exactly CM/ECF yet, but it’s great to see that the Florida Supreme Court has finally issued two new Administrative Orders implementing e-filing on a rolling basis, and requiring mandatory e-service.
Administrative Order number SC11-399 provides that e-filing will become effective and mandatory in the civil, probate, small claims, and family law divisions of the trial courts, as well as for appeals to the circuit courts in these categories of cases, on April 1, 2013, at 12:01 a.m. Next, e-filing will become effective and mandatory for criminal, traffic, and juvenile courts, as well as as for appeals to the circuit court in these categories of cases, on October 1, 2013, at 12:01 a.m. Finally, for appeals to the District Courts of Appeal and Florida Supreme Court, e-filing will become effective and mandatory on October 1, 2012, at 12:01 a.m. However, the trial court clerks will not be required to electronically transmit the record on appeal until January 1, 2013, at 12:01 a.m. Self-represented parties and self-represented nonparties can be excused from the requirements of the Rule.
Administrative Order number SC10-2101 provides, generally, that all documents required or permitted to be served on another party must be served by e-mail. There are exceptions to the Rule for attorneys who demonstrate that he or she has no e-mail account and lacks access to the Internet at the lawyer’s office. The new rule takes effect on July 1, 2012.