Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello and Supreme Court justices Craig Doran and Matthew
Rosenbaum recently announced the commencement of mandatory electronic filing for most civil court actions in Monroe County.
E-filing became available in January 2017 as an option for those filing most civil court actions in Monroe County Clerk’s Office. More than 3,500 actions were filed electronically since. Now, electronic filing is required on all new eligible filings.
All e-filed documents are uploaded to the New York State Office of Court Administration web portal, where they are available to be viewed by the public. Clerk’s office staff then electronically retrieve and enter the documents into the official filing system.
“The modernization of our filing system is a win-win for the public, the judicial system and the clerk’s office,” Bello said. “E-filing makes it quicker, easier and less costly to do business with our office, expands public access to records and reduces wait times in the clerk’s office for other filers who are doing business in person. I want to thank justices Doran and Rosenbaum for their leadership in ushering this project to fruition, and to the local legal community for embracing this new technology and process.”
All new civil actions are filed electronically, except CPLR Article 70 & 78 proceedings, election law proceedings, matrimonial matters, mental hygiene law matters, consumer credit transactions defined by CPLR 105(f) and residential foreclosure actions defined by RPAPL 1304.
“Electronic filing is not only the wave of the future, but of the present,” Doran and Rosenbaum said. “It is vitally important for a dynamic, progressive court system to boldly embrace technological innovation. E-filing is more efficient, more cost-effective, more transparent, more secure and fully consistent with Chief Judge Janet DiFiore’s mandate to achieve excellence in all court operations. We are pleased and proud to see Monroe County taking a leadership role by requiring that all new filings are submitted electronically.”
Continuing legal education courses and trainings were offered in 2017 to educate system users on how to navigate the online program.
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