Changes to E-Filing Regulations: On August 31, 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law Chapter 237 of the Laws of 2015 mandating certain changes to E-filing regulations. This new legislation gives the Office of Court Administration and the Chief Judge, authorization for the use of mandatory E-filing in Supreme Court Civil parts. It also gives the Chief Judge authority to implement mandatory E-filing.
In addition, Chapter 237 authorizes the use of E-filing in the Appellate Divisions at the discretion of the Judicial Department. E-filing is the future of the New York State Court System. Soon, the E-file system will mirror the ECF system in Federal Court. The E-file system is a great benefit to attorneys, and we welcome the new changes. If we can only convince the Judges that "working copies" of every piece of paper filed online is not necessary. That may take some time.