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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SDNY Announces Two New Electronic Case Filing Rules & Instructions

NOTICE TO THE BAR

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.

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EDNY, SDNY Seek Comment on Local Rules Amendments

EASTERN AND SOUTHERN DISTRICTS ADOPT REVISIONS TO LOCAL RULES, INVITE PUBLIC COMMENT

The United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York have adopted amendments to Local Civil Rules 5.2, 6.1, 7.1, and 37.2. The revisions are available at https://www.nyed.uscourts.gov/ or www.nysd.uscourts.gov. Prior to the revised rules taking effect, the public is invited to comment. Comments are to be submitted in writing on or at the close of business on Friday, June 28, 2013 to either:

Edward A. Friedland
District Court Executive
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
500 Pearl Street, Room 820
New York, NY 10007-1312

or

Douglas C. Palmer
Clerk of Court
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
225 Cadman Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201

The revisions will become effective upon approval by the Second Circuit Judicial Council.

CHIEF JUDGE LORETTA A. PRESKA AND CONGRESSMAN JOSÉ E. SERRANO ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR NEW SECURITY PAVILION AT UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

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Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), and Congressman José E. Serrano (NY–15) announced today that the court received $10.44 million to build a security pavilion outside the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse, located at 500 Pearl Street in Lower Manhattan.
        “We gather here today to celebrate a success of bipartisan government action to improve the security of our courthouse and of the people who come here every day to do business,” said Chief Judge Preska. “We have been pursuing the means to construct this pavilion since September 11, and today’s triumph is long overdue.”
        The pavilion will enhance security at and speed entry to the busy federal courthouse, home of many high-profile proceedings. The project was conceived after 9/11, but funding for the pavilion was not found until recently.
        Congressman Serrano, who was instrumental in appropriating funds for the project, said: “I was happy to be able to intercede on the Moynihan Courthouse’s behalf from my seat on the Appropriations Committee. We know that keeping our federal buildings secure is of the utmost importance, especially one with high sensitivity trials involving national security like Moynihan. Waiting years after 9/11 was unacceptable.” No new appropriation was made to fund the pavilion; funds were reprogrammed from completed or cancelled projects.
        Other key representatives who helped secure funding for the project were also on hand for today’s announcement:
“This new security pavilion is an essential modernization of the Moynihan Courthouse that will ensure that Manhattan’s federal court is a safe space for all who use it,“ said Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10). “For the wheels of justice to operate smoothly, it is vital that our courthouses be secure. This is especially true in my district in Lower Manhattan, where we are still very much living in the shadow of 9/11.”
        Representative Peter King (NY–2), said: “As the leading terrorist target, New York’s security is essential. I am proud to have played a part in ensuring funds for the Moynihan Federal Courthouse’s new security pavilion. It is imperative that all those who work for justice can do so in a secure environment.”
        The U.S. General Services Administration will oversee construction, which is slated to begin in October and completed in April 2015. The 4,500 square foot glass and steel structure will be situated on the west side of the courthouse.

SDNY NOTICE: No Mediation Panel Applications Accepted after April 8

COURT NOTICE TO THE BAR 
CONTACT: Rebecca Price, 212-805-0650 

APPLICATIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN COURT’S MEDIATION PROGRAM WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER APRIL 8

Please be advised that after April 8, 2013, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) will temporarily stop accepting new applications for its mediation panel, the court’s roster of volunteer attorney-mediators, to conduct a review of the program’s eligibility criteria. However, the SDNY’s Mediation Program will continue to provide mediation services to the court’s litigants as usual.  Applications for the mediation panel that were submitted to the court prior to April 8, 2013 will continue to be reviewed on an ongoing basis. 

EASTERN AND SOUTHERN DISTRICTS ADOPT REVISIONS TO JOINT LOCAL CIVIL RULE 54.1, REQUEST COMMENT BY APRIL 5

The United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York have adopted revisions to Local Civil Rule 54.1. The revisions are available at https://www.nyed.uscourts.gov/ or www.nysd.uscourts.gov; they are also attached to this e-mail.

Prior to the revised rules taking effect, the public is invited to comment. Comments are to be submitted in writing on or at the close of business on Friday, April 5, 2013 to either:

Edward A. Friedland
District Court Executive
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
500 Pearl Street, Room 820
New York, NY 10007-1312

or

Douglas C. Palmer
Clerk of Court
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
225 Cadman Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201

The revisions will become effective upon approval by the Second Circuit Judicial Council. 

Honorable Charles L. Brieant, Jr. Judicial Summer 2013 Internship

From Stephanie Cirkovich, Esq., Public Information Officer U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York:

Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, is pleased to announce that the court is accepting applications for the Honorable Charles L. Brieant, Jr. Judicial Internship for the summer of 2013. Applications are due on April 1, 2013. Please click HERE for information on how to apply; this information is also available at www.nysd.uscourts.gov.&nbsp

Open to 1L and 2L students with a $5000 tuition credit paid directly to your law school.

From SDNY/EDNY: Changes to Rules Effective Feb. 25

EASTERN AND SOUTHERN DISTRICTS ADOPT REVISIONS TO JOINT LOCAL CIVIL RULE AND LOCAL ADMIRALTY RULES EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 25

The United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York have adopted revisions to Joint Local Civil Rule 1.5 and Local Admiralty Rules B.2 and C.1. The revised rules go into effect on Monday, February 25 and can be found online at http://www.nysd.uscourts.gov/courtrules.php.
       

The courts adopted new subsection (h) of Local Civil Rule 1.5 to impose an obligation upon an attorney who has been disbarred, suspended, or censured by one court to notify other courts. The courts amended Local Admiralty Rule B.2 to clarify the plaintiff’s notice obligation following an attachment. The courts also amended Local Admiralty Rule C.1 to specify that the Rule applies to a summons issued pursuant to Rule C(3)©.

Click Here to see the revisions.