Doxpop - Tools for Attorneys and Public Information Researchers: We have an appealing new feature that you aren't allowed to use yet. (But you should learn about it anyway.)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

We have an appealing new feature that you aren't allowed to use yet. (But you should learn about it anyway.)

In March, several amendments to the appellate rules were proposed to enable (and require) e-filing of the Notice of Appeal that initiates an appellate case.

Doxpop anticipated an order approving these amendments on July 1, but that hasn't happened yet, so it is now possible to initiate appellate cases via Doxpop, but you probably shouldn't use this feature until you see the order that requires it. We have been told to expect this order on or around August 1 and of course, we will let you know as soon as we see that happen.

In the meantime, let's learn how it works:

Filing a Notice of Appeal is simple and not all that different from filing in the trial courts. The main differences are that you will need to enter information about the lower court case and you have the ability to attach any number of service contacts on your initial filing to comply with the multiple service requirements in rule 24(A)(1).

Here's what you need to know:

A) You will be able to attach multiple service contacts:

The most significant difference you will see when filing an appeals case will be the ability to electronically serve multiple public service contacts on the initial filing. Although not all of the people listed in rule 24(A)(1) will have public service contacts, you should attach those that are available at the time of filing.

This is done using a service contact selection tool very similar to the tool you use when doing subsequent filings for trial courts. You may select service contacts from your private contact list and from the public contact list to be served. You may choose to have those contacts be attached to the case once created or just use them to serve this filing only. We automatically default to having them attached, as this is the most likely scenario.

B) Fees will look different:

Since fees are based on the type of document rather than the case type, the fee amount under case type will always say "$0" but the correct fee will be displayed when you select your filing type.

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