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The Supreme Judicial Court authorized certain courts, including the Appeals Court, to conduct electronic filing ("e-filing") pilot projects by order dated February 25, 2015. The order requires each pilot court to issue an order describing the scope of its pilot project. The Appeals Court hereby issues this order concerning its electronic filing pilot which shall commence on March 31, 2016, or as soon after as practicable. The pilot shall proceed according to the following:
The initial scope of the pilot is civil cases assigned to a panel of the Appeals Court, subject to the exclusions in subsection (d). An appeal initiation document, electronic payment of entry fees, and certain motions and other documents and papers may be submitted through the Massachusetts Court System Odyssey File and Serve Site.
All attorneys who are members of the Massachusetts bar who are able to register with Tyler may participate in this pilot, subject to the exclusions in subsection (d). Eligibility for self-represented litigants may be added at a future date. All filers shall become familiar with the E-Filing Rules and all cited training and guidance materials.
The following exclusions apply to the pilot:
Effective immediately, Tyler is open for registration. All participants in this pilot are required to register with Tyler. Registration shall be accomplished online at https://efilema.tylerhost.net/ofsweb. Registration shall not constitute a Notice of Appearance in any particular case. Attorney registrants are required to use their business email address on file with the Board of Bar Overseers. If such email address is different from the email address on file with the Appeals Court for receipt of electronic court notices, the filer shall file a change of email address with the Appeals Court. See change of e-mail address form.
All e-filed papers shall comply with the formatting requirements of the Massachusetts Rules of Appellate Procedure. All filings must be submitted in portable document format (PDF). A PDF file must be no larger than 25 megabytes (MB). Multiple documents may be e-filed together, but they must relate to the same case, have a combined file size of no more than 35 MB in the electronic submission envelope, and be a document eligible for e-filing. See generally E-Filing Rule 6.
All filings that are e-filed will be submitted electronically only. Neither a paper original nor duplicate shall be filed unless specifically requested by the Court.
Filings pursuant to this pilot shall be submitted through Tyler's website.
All technical support shall be provided by Tyler. The Appeals Court's Clerk's Office may be contacted with procedural questions or with questions regarding the application of this order.
This order may be superseded or amended, in writing, at any time during the duration of the pilot.
The pilot shall continue until further order of the Court.