SDNY BOARD OF JUDGES REVISES ITS ELECTRONIC DEVICES POLICY

NOTICE TO THE BAR
CONTACT: Edward Friedland, 212-805-0500

SDNY BOARD OF JUDGES REVISES ITS ELECTRONIC DEVICES POLICY

        The Board of Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has revised its policy regarding the use of personal electronic devices and general purpose computing devices. A copy of the new policy is attached to this notice.

        The new policy allows members of the bar of any court, with the advance written permission from the judge presiding and subject to security screening, to bring one or more personal electronic devices or general purpose computing devices into the courthouses for that trial.

        Attorneys who are admitted in the Southern District of New York and have a valid New York State Office of Court Administration Secure Pass should still apply for an SDNY Secure Pass, which permits the holder to bring a personal electronic device into the courthouse. For more information on how to obtain a SDNY Service Pass, visit the court’s website at http://nysd.uscourts.gov/file/forms/attorney-service-pass-application.

SDNY ANNOUNCES A NEW EDITION OF ELECTRONIC CASE FILING RULES & INSTRUCTIONS

NOTICE TO THE BAR
CONTACT: ECF Help Desk, 212-805-0800

SDNY ANNOUNCES A NEW EDITION OF ELECTRONIC CASE FILING RULES & INSTRUCTIONS

        On March 17, 2014, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a new edition of the Court’s Electronic Case Filing (ECF) Rules & Instructions. [Here is a link to the PDF: http://nysd.uscourts.gov/ecf/ECF%20Rules%20Revision%20031714.pdf]

        The ECF Rules & Instructions were revised to reflect the new requirement for parties to file electronically amended pleadings in civil cases through the Court’s ECF system. Summonses for amended pleadings must also be requested through the ECF system. In response, the Clerk will issue summonses suitable for printing through the ECF system.

        Pro se parties who do not have permission to file electronically are exempt from any requirement to file through the ECF system.

        Please visit the court’s website at http://nysd.uscourts.gov/ecf.phpto view the new Electronic Case Filing Rules & Instructions and online ECF training materials.

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SDNY OFFERS SOLO PRACTITIONERS AND SMALL LAW FIRMS AN INTRODUCTION TO FILING AMENDED CIVIL PLEADINGS ON ECF

In anticipation of attorneys filing amended pleadings in civil cases using the court’s Electronic Case Filing (ECF) system, the court will offer an introduction to the process on February 26, 2014 at 5:30 p.m., in room 160 of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse (500 Pearl Street in New York). Attendees will learn how to use the ECF system to file amended pleadings and request summonses electronically. A question and answer session will follow, and light refreshments will be served.

Registration is limited to 100 people and is open only to solo practitioners and attorneys from law firms with 20 or fewer attorneys.

To register for the event please visit the court’s website at
http://nysd.uscourts.gov/nysd_survey?survey=demo

CONTACT: Drew D’Agostino, 212-805-0615; or Jazmin Rivera, 212-805-0675

SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK ANNOUNCES NEW STATEMENT OF RELATEDNESS FORM

A party is required to notify the Court promptly when an action may
be related to an earlier filed action. See Local Rule 1.6. To enable the
court to evaluate the claim of relatedness, the court has designed a
Statement of Relatedness form that a party must fully complete.

A party filing a new action that may be related to an earlier filed
action is required both to file and serve (a) a Civil Cover Sheet (Form
JSC44C) containing a claim of relatedness, and (b) a separate Statement of Relatedness. See Local Rule for Division of Business 13(b)(1).

Go here to read the full Notice to the Bar and to obtain a copy of the form.

SDNY NOTICE: SDNY Accepting Applications for Magistrate Judge

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has announced a vacancy for a full-time U.S. Magistrate Judge position in the White Plains courthouse.  The SDNY’s public notice, which contains additional information about the position and the application, is available on the court’s website at www.nysd.uscourts.gov.  AABANY encourages all qualified attorneys with an interest in serving in the federal judiciary to submit an application, which is due no later than September 30, 2013.  If you have any questions about the position or would like assistance in connection with your application, please contact any of the Co-chairs of AABANY’s Judiciary Committee: 

SDNY NOTICE: Letters Filed Electronically Starting Sept. 3

COURT NOTICE TO THE BAR 
CONTACT: Clerk of Court, 212-805-0136 

Please be reminded that effective today (September 3, 2013), letters addressed to judges who accept letters—including certain letter motions—may be filed electronically unless the assigned judge’s Individual Practices provide otherwise.  Letters solely between counsel may not be filed electronically. 

The complete rule can be found in the court’s Electronic Case Filing (ECF) Rules & Instructions, section 13.1. More information, including an online tutorial, is available at www.nysd.uscourts.gov/ecf

SDNY ANNOUNCES A NEW EDITION OF ELECTRONIC CASE FILING RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS

NOTICE TO THE BAR 
CONTACT: Clerk of Court, 212-805-0136

SDNY ANNOUNCES A NEW EDITION OF ELECTRONIC CASE FILING RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS

On August 1, 2013, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York will issue a new edition of the court’s Electronic Case Filing (ECF) Rules & Instructions. Updates include: 
        
Electronic Letters 
Effective September 3, 2013, letters addressed to judges who accept letters, including certain letter motions, may be filed electronically unless the assigned judge’s Individual Practices provide otherwise. Letters solely between counsel may not be filed electronically. More information and a schedule of in-person demonstrations are available at www.nysd.uscourts.gov/ecf
        
Service in Pro Se Cases 
The Clerk’s Office will scan filings from pro se parties and add them to the ECF system. Effective July 19, 2013, the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) sent in conjunction with such filings will 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).   
        
Obligation to View PDF Documents 
New Rule 4.3, effective July 19, 2013, describes the parties’ obligation to view PDF documents in addition to the summary docket text. If a discrepancy occurs between the two, the language in the PDF document will control. 

Case Caption Requirements 
A case caption no longer has to include an indication that it is an “ECF Case.” Please visit the court’s website at http://nysd.uscourts.gov/ecf_filing.php to view the new ECF Rules, online ECF training materials, and a schedule of in-person demonstrations of the electronic filing of letters and letter motions. 

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