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Press Release Supreme Judicial Court Amends e-Filing Fees to Apply Only for Initial Case Filing

For immediate release:
5/28/2020
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Executive Office of the Trial Court
  • Massachusetts Court System

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Jennifer Donahue and Erika Gully-Santiago

BOSTON, MAThe Supreme Judicial Court has approved several amendments to Rule 1:25: Massachusetts Rules of Electronic Filing that were proposed by the Trial Court. Rule 1:25 relates to general procedures of electronic filing in Massachusetts trial and appellate courts. The amendments, which were posted for public comment, are intended to facilitate the system-wide implementation of e-filing, streamline court procedures, and reduce administrative burden on local courts so they can better serve the public. 

As of June 1, 2020, the fee charged by the e-filing provider will be increased to $22. However, the fee will apply on a “per case” basis, rather than a “per envelope” basis. The one-time fee is paid by a plaintiff, appellant, or petitioner when a case is begun by e-filing, unless the initial filing fee has been waived. 

The fee is paid through the e-filing system to the provider, currently Tyler Technologies, which developed the e-filing system used by the Massachusetts courts. For cases already initiated as of June 1, no additional provider fees will be due from any party to the case, whether the case was initiated by e-filing or a paper filing. However, other statutory filing fees and transaction fees may apply. This new fee structure will reduce the need for responding parties using the e-filing system to file indigency documentation related to the provider fee, since they no longer would need to pay that fee. 

As part of the rule amendments, the Supreme Judicial Court also authorized court clerks to convert an existing paper file or filing to a digital format that can be recognized as an official court record in digital form.

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Media Contact for Supreme Judicial Court Amends e-Filing Fees to Apply Only for Initial Case Filing

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court 

The Supreme Judicial Court is the Commonwealth's highest appellate court.

Executive Office of the Trial Court 

The Executive Office of the Trial Court facilitates communication and enables joint leadership of the Trial Court by the Chief Justice of the Trial Court and the Court Administrator.

Massachusetts Court System 

The Massachusetts court system consists of the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, the Executive Office of the Trial Court, the 7 Trial Court departments, the Massachusetts Probation Service, and the Office of Jury Commissioner.
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