Governor Cuomo signs E-filing into law: significant savings of costs and time for NY State Courts expected


On August 31, 2015, Governor Cuomo signed into law Chapter 237 of the Laws of 2015 (Chapter 237), in relation to electronic commencement of an action or special proceeding and filing of papers; E-Filing.

Chapter 237 aims at implementing mandatory E- filing with uniform procedures in all New York State courts. Specifically, it authorizes the Chief Administrative Judge to implement – with the County Clerk’s consent – mandatory E-filing in Supreme Court civil parts, and in a county. E-filing may be used in criminal superior courts and Family Court, in Surrogate’s Court in the New York City Civil Court, and in the Court of Claims.

Subject to the discretion of the Judicial Department, Chapter 237 authorizes the use of E-filing in the Appellate Divisions.

However, participation in the E-filing program remains voluntary, and it will take place only upon consent of all parties in the action.

More information is available at…

Chapter 237 of the Laws of 2015 is available at…              Open Pdf


For more information, Francesca Giannoni-Crystal

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