On November 13, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court began using its new electronic-filing system. This new system follows the redesigned website that was rolled out this past summer.
For now, the electronic filing is in addition to the existing paper-filing requirements of the Court. If a party is not represented by counsel, her paper filing will be scanned by the Clerk’s Office and then uploaded to the system. Both electronic filings and scanned paper filings will be made available to the public on the Court’s website.
According to the Supreme Court website, the new system will mean that “virtually all new filings will be accessible without cost to the public and legal community.”
Gabe Roth, the executive director of Fix the Court, released the following statement about the impending change:
Most federal appeals courts have required electronic filing for years, so I’m pleased the Supreme Court has finally joined its institutional counterparts by implementing this policy. I’m confident the justices will find it to be a positive step toward modernity, and I hope it leads to others, such as live audio for oral arguments and a software-based conflict check system.
Lower federal courts have embraced changing technology more quickly; most federal courts have supported electronic filing since 2007.
Attorneys must register to use the new system.