On a temporary basis, the Supreme Court has permitted the Criminal Court and the Clerk's Office to accept filings by electronic mail. Please see below for answers to various questions about this exciting development.
To see the specific Criminal Court email filing protocols, please click here.
No, certainly not. The service is being offered only during the Suspension Period while the courts are trying to minimize the need for personal contact. Subject to appropriate protocols and social distancing, the Clerk’s Office is still open for business, and any party may file documents there as usual.
The process for email filing is easy:
That’s all. The Clerk’s office will take it from there and send you a confirmation by return email.
The email filing addresses for the divisions of court are as follows:
You can sign in two ways. First, you can sign as you normally would and scan the signed Document before sending. You may also sign the Document with an electronic signature, such as “s/Name”.
The filing is effective upon the filer’s sending of the email with the Document attached. Once received, the Clerk’s office will print and hand-stamp the printed Document with the date and time that the email was sent by the filer.
The Clerk will also include a copy of the original email in the file to show when the Document was filed.
The Clerk’s office will send an email confirmation back to the filer.
Given the volume of work and the skeleton staff in the Clerk’s office, please know that this confirmation email may not be sent immediately.
No. As a practical matter, the Clerk’s office simply does not have the resources during this time. As such, the filer is still responsible for serving the filed Document on all other parties. That said, the Court is actively encouraging all parties to agree to accept service by email.
Yes. Please make sure that you keep the original affidavit, however, in case the Court later orders that the original be produced.
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