Announcement from Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti:
With the enactment of Chapter 113 of the Laws of 2013, I am pleased to announce expanded authorization of the mandatory e-filing pilot program. Mandatory e-filing will be expanded in or into the following courts, locations and case
- Supreme Court, Onondaga County: all actions except CPLR Art. 78 proceedings, CPLR Art.70 proceedings, Election Law proceedings, matrimonial matters, Mental Hygiene Law matters, foreclosure actions, RPTL §730 proceedings, name change applications, and emergency medical treatment applications (January 2014).
- Supreme Court, Suffolk County: RPTL §730 proceedings and foreclosure actions addressing real property and mechanics liens (March 2014).
Consensual e- filing will be expanded as follows:
- Supreme Court, Cortland County: all actions except Mental Hygiene Law matters (January 2014).
- Supreme Court, Dutchess County: all actions except CPLR Art. 78 proceedings, Election Law proceedings, matrimonial matters, Mental Hygiene Law matters, and RPTL §730 proceedings (February 2014).
- Surrogate's Court, Cattaraugus and Niagara Counties: probate and administration proceedings and miscellaneous proceedings relating thereto, and such other types of proceedings as the court may permit (January 2014)
In addition, a pilot program of consensual e-filing in matrimonial matters will commence in Rockland County on January 6, 2014.
As we move forward with implementation of e-filing in these locations, I want to assure you that we will work with your bar association to provide necessary training for attorneys and paralegals. The NYSCEF system is intuitive and easy to use, and the training program takes about two hours to complete. Participants receive two CLE credits free of charge. Training has been and will continue to be presented by the staff of our E-Filing Resource Center as well as the Westchester Supreme Court and Westchester County Clerk. Information on these training sessions is available on the NYSCEF website, www.nycourts.gov/efile, or by contacting the Resource Center at 646-386-3033 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Attorneys may go to the NYSCEF website to register on-line for upcoming training sessions at these sites. In addition, the counties listed above that are new to mandatory e-filing will be scheduling and advertising their own training sessions.
It is important to point out that the e-filing legislation provides an opt-out mechanism in mandatory e-filing cases for those attorneys who certify in good faith that they lack the hardware, electronic connection, or technical knowledge necessary
As always when we enter a new phase of e-filing in New York, we very much welcome the input of Bar Association members, including any specific recommendations or concerns they may have regarding e-filing in the New York State courts.
Please forward any comments to:
Statewide Coordinator for Electronic Fi ling
60 Centre Street, Room 11 9 M
New York, NY 10007
E-filing represents an important advance for the courts and the legal profession in New York State. We thank you for the wonderful support and cooperation you have shown, and look forward to continuing to work closely with you as the program continues to expand.