Mandatory E-Filing Expands

February 1, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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Brooklyn Supreme Court Will Require
E-Filing for All Commercial Cases Over $75K

Free CLEs Offered Throughout February & March

NEW YORK — Mandatory electronic filing is expanding in 2012 as per recent legislation and administrative order of New York State Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti.

This week the Brooklyn Bar Association sent its members a bulletin that provides details including courts, types of cases and dates when e-filing becomes mandatory.

Mandatory electronic filing, first introduced in Manhattan Supreme Court in 2010, is expanding in 2012.  Pursuant to legislation enacted last year and an administrative order of the chief administrative judge, e-filing will be mandatory in the following courts and in the types of cases commenced on or after the dates indicated:

• In Kings County Supreme Court, in all commercial cases where the amount in controversy equals or exceeds $ 75,000 (Feb. 27, 2012).

• In New York County Supreme Court, in all commercial, contract, and tort cases (Feb. 27 2012).

• In Bronx County Supreme Court, in all medical malpractice actions (Feb. 27, 2012).

• In Westchester County Supreme Court, in all actions (except Art. 78 and election law proceedings, and matrimonial and Mental Hygiene Law matters) (Jan. 17, 2012).  

• In Surrogate’s Court in Chautauqua, Erie, and Monroe Counties, in all probate and administration proceedings, and miscellaneous proceedings related thereto (March 1, 2012).

• Mandatory e-filing continues in Rockland County Supreme Court in all actions (except Art. 78 and election law proceedings, and matrimonial and Mental Hygiene Law matters).

E-filing is done through the New York State Courts Electronic Filing System (NYSCEF), and is similar to the federal courts’ ECF system. Information is available on the NYSCEF website, including a user’s manual and FAQs.

In addition, a training course will be offered, with two free CLE credits awarded to attorneys who attend. Training courses will be presented in Bronx County and for the Surrogate’s Bar in Erie and Monroe Counties, and will be offered regularly in Westchester and New York Counties. Reservations for courses can be made online on the NYSCEF website at 

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