SDNY Announces Two New Electronic Case Filing Rules & Instructions


From: Stephanie Cirkovich, Esq., Public Information Officer, SDNY

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York announces an interim revision to the court’s Electronic Case Filing (ECF) Rules & Instructions, effective July 19, 2013. A complete revision of the court’s ECF Rules & Instructions will be available in August 2013.

Obligation to View PDF Documents
New Rule 4.3 describes the parties’ obligation to review the PDF images of orders, decrees and judgments of the court in addition to the summary docket text. If a discrepancy occurs between the two, the language in the PDF document will control.

Service in Pro Se Cases
Revised Rule 9 notes that the Clerk’s Office will scan filings from pro separties and add them to the ECF system. The Notice of Electronic Filing sent by the court in conjunction with such filings will now constitute service upon all other Filing Users (one who has permission to file electronically) and Receiving Users (one who has registered to receive notice from the court by electronic mail) thereby eliminating the need for pro se litigants to serve paper copies of court submissions (except on a party who will not receive the Notice of Electronic Filing).

Please reference the court’s ECF Rules & Instructions for newly revised rule 9 and rule 4.3; click here to read the full text of the rules.