Editor's Note: Mandatory e-filing in the Supreme Court, Civil Branch, of New York County has been in effect since February 2013. As the New York Law Journal's Andrew Keshner notes, Nassau County may not be too far behind. The first division to phase in mandatory e-filing, he reports, will be the court's Commercial Division by the end of September.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a law authorizing mandatory e-filing for certain civil cases in Nassau County Supreme Court. The measure, S4833/A6551, has exceptions for matrimonial actions, Election Law cases, Article 78 petitions and Mental Hygiene Law proceedings. It adds other exceptions for pro se litigants or parties without sufficient computer equipment or "want of computer skills."
The law states the local county clerk must agree to the use of mandatory e-filing and here, Nassau County Clerk Maureen O'Connell, supported the measure. Nassau County Supreme Court already had consensual e-filing in place for seven years for cases on commercial matters, along with contract and tort cases. The law was sponsored by state Senator Jack Martins, R-Garden City Park, and Assemblyman Charles Lavine, D-Glen Cove.
Nassau County Clerk Maureen O'Connell said in an interview she hoped to implement the mandatory e-filing in stages, with the first move being a September 30 launch of mandatory e-filing in the court's Commercial Division.