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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Guidance for E-Service on an Initial Appellate Filing

On September 1, a change to the appellate rules will require that appeals be initiated via e-filing. Here is some guidance on how to handle electronic service when filing an appeal:

When you use the Doxpop system for initiating trial court cases, we limit you to attaching one service contact during that process. However when initiating an appellate case, you may attach any number of service contacts in order to comply with the appellate rules.

The list of the people/organizations you must serve when initiating an appeal has not changed, and can be found in the Appellate Rule 24. What has changed with E-Filing is that you can now serve some of these people or organizations electronically by attaching them to the case when you file the notice of appeal.

When filing a Notice of Appeal, here are some of the people or organizations you may need to serve, and methods of attaching them when it is possible:
  • For represented parties, you will be able to find their counsel using the public service directory and attach them for e-service.
  • You will need to be sure that if required, the parties themselves are notified conventionally, as they will not have public service contacts.
  • The Judge, Clerk and Court Reporter on the original trial court case do not have public service contacts, so these three people will need to be served conventionally. (This also holds true for judges and hearing officers in connection with cases coming from administrative courts.)
  • If the case is criminal, you will always be able to serve the prosecuting attorney via e-service, using the public service contact for the attorney that most recently entered an appearance on behalf of the State. (This may not always be the current prosecuting attorney.)
  • If the case is criminal, you will also be required to serve the Attorney General. To accomplish this, you can attach the public service contact of the currently serving Attorney General. eg: Curtis Hill.
  • For expedited appeals involving children, you have a longer list found in Appellate Rule 14.1. You may find that some of those can be notified via e-service. For instance, county commissioners may have currently retained counsel that will appear on the public service contact list. Some attorneys also serve as a CASA or guardian ad litem, and thus may have public service contacts. However, most of the service in this type of appeal will have to be done conventionally.
When you put together your certificate of service, for anyone whose service contact was attached at the time of filing the notice of appeal, note that they were served via "IEFS" with the date of filing.

On rare occasions, an email problem may prevent e-service from occurring, so remember keep an eye out for any service failure notices, which will arrive via email.

Here's a peek at what this section of the filing screen for a Notice of Appeal looks like:

In addition to learning about how service works, you may want to view our Guidance for assembling your Notice of Appeal for e-filing and information about the rule changes that require e-filing of appeals.

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