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Thursday, March 19, 2020


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In Response to Epidemic:

State High Court Expands Mandatory E-Filing


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The California Supreme Court yesterday expanded mandatory electronic filing of all documents, including briefs, in light of the coronavirus epidemic.

It acted pursuant to Rule 2 of the “Supreme 1 Court Rules Regarding Electronic Filing” which provides that “[i]n certain circumstances, including but not limited to…public health  emergencies…, the Supreme Court may  direct the Clerk / Executive Officer of the Supreme Court to accept or require electronic filing of any  document and or to modify the requirements of rule 5 regarding the filing of paper copies.”

The court declared that, until further notice:

“All documents (including briefs) must be filed electronically on the ‘TrueFiling’ platform.  

“Paper copies should not be submitted. Exceptions will be made for litigants in the process of preparing paper submissions for deadlines within the next few days. Any party filing paper copies under this exception should file an additional electronic copy with the court within three court days.  

“Litigants representing themselves (pro per parties) and trial courts are exempt from mandatory electronic filing; any party may still ask to be excused from mandatory electronic filing.”


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