Electronic filing at the Appellate Divisions is rapidly expanding as practitioners and Court staff alike grow accustomed to using the NYSCEF system. In the New Year, be aware of the expansion of e-filing requirements as outlined below.
Second Judicial Department
As of December 3, 2018, the Second Department has expanded their mandatory e-filing to include the entire Ninth Judicial District. The new expansion applies to appeals in all matters originating and electronically filed in Supreme and Surrogate’s Courts in Orange, Dutchess, Putnam and Rockland Counties:
- Where the Notice of Appeal is dated on or after December 3, 2018, and;
- Where the Notice of Appeal is dated prior to December 3, 2018 but the appeal is perfected on or after January 15, 2019.
This is in addition to the Second Department’s mandatory e-filing rules for Westchester and Suffolk Counties. For more Information
Third Judicial Department
As of January 2, 2019, the Third Department will further expand their e-filing categories to include Family Court appeals. The Third Department’s e-filing rules will now apply to appeals in those civil proceedings commenced in Family Court in which the appeal is perfected on or after January 2, 2019.
Fourth Judicial Department
As of January 1, 2019, the Fourth Department will further expand their voluntary e-filing categories to include all civil matters originating in the Supreme Court. This past October, e-filing became mandatory in all matters that were e-filed in Supreme Court in the Fourth Judicial Department. In the New Year, for all other civil matters with Notices of Appeal filed on or after January 1, 2019, e-filing will be voluntary/consensual. According to the Fourth Department, it is expected that e-filing will continue to expand in the ensuing months in 2019.