The Appeals Court requires that appellants and cross-appellants in all civil and criminal appeals (excluding incarcerated self-represented litigants) complete and file a docketing statement within fourteen days after the Appeals Court issues the "Notice of Entry" of the appeal. Failure to file the docketing statement can result in the denial of motions to enlarge the brief due date, without prejudice to refiling the motion upon submission of the docketing statement. The statements are posted on the Appeals Court's website as PDF forms that have drop down menus, calendars, and text that automatically fills in certain information. Attorneys and litigants can complete the form on-line, save it, sign it electronically, file it by e-mail, and serve it by e-mail upon consenting parties.
The docketing statements will provide the court with important background information that will be useful when the case is entered, screened, and under consideration.
Note: The court has received questions from attorneys and self-represented litigants who are unable to work with or save the civil or criminal docketing statements. The forms were reviewed as of February 2012 by court IT personnel to confirm that the forms are accessible, fill-able and savable and that "reader extensions" are in place. With the "reader extensions," users need only Adobe Reader to submit the docketing statement forms. Here are some troubleshooting tips:
1. Users must have Adobe Reader 7.0 or greater to use the reader extensions.
2. Adobe Reader is a free software and it is available for download from a number of sites.
3. The "reader extensions" allow users with Adobe Reader to save data into the form - with a "one time only" restriction.
4. The "one time only" restriction is a licensing issue: a user can save only one filled copy of the form from the website, meaning:
a. Users must open the form on the website, fill it out, and then save it to their desktop using "Save As..."
b. The filled and saved version can then be attached to an e-mail.