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Thursday, Jun. 14, 2012
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SJC extends start date of SJC Rule 1:19; Electronic notification now available in cases of interest

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SJC extends start date of SJC Rule 1:19


The Supreme Judicial Court has announced the effective date of SJC Rule 1:19 governing "Electronic Access to the Courts" has been extended to Sept. 17, 2012 to allow  the courts additional time to prepare for its implementation. The original effective date announced earlier this year was July 1, 2012.

Judges, clerks and security personnel in 101 courthouses throughout the state will receive information and training in the coming months and will develop protocols to comply with the rule's provisions. Newly hired and promoted court officers and associate court officers in the Trial Court will be included in the upcoming training sessions.

In February, the justices issued an order amending the former Rule 1:19 governing cameras in the courts and replaced it with the new rule. After the new rule has been in operation for a year, the court will review it to determine whether further revisions are needed.

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Electronic notification now available in cases of interest

The Clerk's Office for the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit will be contacting attorneys appearing in court who have not registered for the court's electronic filing system (CM/ECF). Use of the court's electronic filing system is mandatory for all attorneys filing in this court. If you intend to file documents in a case or in future cases, you must register immediately with PACER for an appellate ECF Filer account. For more details regarding registration click here.

It is now possible for attorneys to register for the sole purpose of receiving electronic notice of docket activity in cases of interest to them. Bar membership is not a requirement. If you do not need electronic filing privileges, but wish to receive immediate electronic notice of docket activity, you can select the option "other (not a public filer)" when you register. Attorneys who select this option will automatically receive electronic notification of docket activity in their active cases and in cases they select. For more details click here.

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