Electronic Submission Required

Learn about what types of filings may or must be filed electronically.

The Appeals Court requires that certain filings be made electronically, either by using the electronic filing system in non-impounded cases, or by email. Only items specifically listed as allowable by email are accepted by email. Learn about when you must file electronically, and when email is allowed.

Types of filings:

Registration to Receive Electronic Notification The registration for electronic notification form can be filed as a PDF copy attached to email: enoticesignup@appct.state.ma.us with the subject header “e-Notice Consent Registration”.  The form can also be filed on paper either in person or by mail.
Change of Email Address Form Similarly, the Change of Email Address Form can be filed as a PDF to email: enoticesignup@appct.state.ma.us with the subject line “Email Address Change”. The form can also be filed on paper either in person or by mail.
Docketing Statements (civil and criminal) The standing order requires all appellants and cross-appellants other than self-represented prisoners to file the form electronically. Docketing statements are accepted through the e-filing system, or as a PDF attached to email: emotions@appct.state.ma.us. Paper filing is not allowed except by motion.
Motion to Enlarge Time for Filing Brief Can be e-filed or filed on paper. No email.
All other Motions, Oppositions to Motions or Letters filed BEFORE panel assignment Can be e-filed or filed on paper. No email. Applies to all documents except the Motion to Stay Judgment or Execution of a Sentence Pursuant to Mass. R. App. P. 6. That motion falls under the Single Justice Standing Order.
Briefs Briefs can be e-filed. If e-filed, no paper copies are required. Otherwise, the 4 required copies of the brief should be filed on paper. Same with the record appendix and exhibit volumes. E-filed exhibit and transcript volumes shall be designated part of the "Record Appendix", in separate volumes if necessary. If you receive a PDF of transcripts from the court transcriber, you may file a CD of the transcripts and only one bound copy if otherwise filing on paper.
All Filings (Motions, Oppositions to Motions or Letters) filed AFTER Assignment of the Appeal to a Panel for Decision (Including Motion to Reschedule Oral Argument [Rule 22(a)], Motion for Additional Time for Argument, Rule 16(l) Letter):

No paper filings will be accepted. Such filings may be filed using the e-filing system in an eligible case, or by emailing a PDF to: emotions@appct.state.ma.us. See the Appeals Court Standing Order here. This requirement is triggered upon receipt of the “Notice of Argument,” “Under Panel Consideration,” or the issuance of a decision.

If emailing, the subject line and the PDF file name should be as follows:

  • Abbreviated docket number (i.e., a two digit year followed, without a space, by a “P” followed, without a space, by the last four digits of the docket number);
  • a hyphen; and,
  • a description of the filing containing no more than 56 characters, indicating what the document is and who filed it.
  • Example: 12P0000-Appellant Mother Motion to Postpone Oral Argument.pdf
Petition for Rehearing Can be e-filed or emailed. See rules for all filings after panel assignment, above.
Single Justice Practice

Anything filed to the Single Justice may be e-filed or filed both by email to emotions@appct.state.ma.us and on paper. If e-filed, no paper or email is required. Impounded material cannot be e-filed at this time. Self-represented litigants may e-file but are exempt from the email requirement.

The Appeals Court has extended this requirement to also include:  Motion for Leave to File Late Notice of Appeal, Motion to Docket the Appeal Late, and any other Motions or Oppositions to Motions that are heard by the Single Justice.

 

Petitions filed Pursuant to G. L. c. 231, § 118, para. 1

May be e-filed. If e-filed, no paper, CD, or email is required. Otherwise, file one paper copy of the petition/opposition and all other documents that you file, and also simultaneously file a PDF copy of the petition/opposition, supporting memorandum of law, and record appendix, either (1) on a CD-ROM accompanying the paper filing, or (2) by email (if under 10 MB) to which the PDF copy is attached. (If using email, include a note that paper copy to follow.)

See the governing standing order here. Self-represented litigants may e-file but are exempt from the requirement to file by email or on CD.

Motion to Stay Judgment Pursuant to Mass. R. A. P. 6

May be e-filed. If e-filed, no paper, CD, or email is required. Otherwise, file one paper copy of the motion and all other documents that you file, and also simultaneously file a PDF copy of the motion, either (1) on a CD-ROM accompanying the paper filing, or (2) by email (if under 10 MB) to which the PDF copy is attached. (If using email, include a note that paper copy to follow.)

See the governing standing order here. Self-represented litigants may e-file but are exempt from the requirement to file by email or on CD.

 

Additional Resources

Guide to Creating Searchable Portable Document Files (PDF)

For information about how to create searchable PDF documents, follow the instructions on our e-filing FAQ page.

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