High Court Rolls Out Electronic Filing

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November 12, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court now accepts electronic submissions.

Rolling out a new e-filing system, the Court joins the lower courts in accepting non-paper documents. Lower courts have used en electronic filing system since 2007. Known as Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), the system requires a fee of cents per page for access to documents.

People wishing to file documents regarding cases to be argued before the High Court can find a link on the Court's website but must have registered with the Court before filing. This is intended primarily for lawyers filing on behalf of someone else. 

The Court has not abandoned paper altogether, however: Parties to High Court suits will still have to submit paper versions of the documents, for awhile. This will apply to anyone self-filing, such as a prisoner without representation. All non-electronic submissions will be scanned and turned into electronic versions. All submissions will be online for public viewing, with no cost attached.

The Court has issued no timetable for phasing out paper submissions.

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