Rule 2.253. Court order requiring electronic service or filing
(a) Court order
(1)The court may, on the motion of any party or on its own motion, provided that the order would not cause undue hardship or significant prejudice to any party, order all parties in any class action, a consolidated action, a group of actions, a coordinated action, or an action that is complex under rule 3.403 to:
(A)Serve all documents electronically, except when personal service is required by statute or rule;
(B)File all documents electronically; or
(C)Serve and file all documents electronically, except when personal service is required by statute or rule.
(2)If the court proposes to make any order under (1) on its own motion, the court must mail notice to the parties. Any party may serve and file an opposition within 10 days after notice is mailed or such later time as the court may specify.
(3)If the court has previously ordered parties in a case to electronically serve or file documents and a new party is added that the court determines should also be ordered to do so under (1), the court may follow the notice procedures under (2) or may order the party to electronically serve or file documents and in its order state that the new party may object within 10 days after service of the order or by such later time as the court may specify.
(Subd (a) amended effective January 1, 2011; previously amended effective January 1, 2007, and January 1, 2008.)
(b) Additional provisions of order
The court's order may also provide that:
(1)Documents previously filed in paper form may be resubmitted in electronic form; and
(2)When the court sends confirmation of filing to all parties, receipt of the confirmation constitutes service of the filing if the filed document is available electronically.
(Subd (b) relettered and amended effective January 1, 2008; adopted as part of subd (a) effective January 1, 2003.)
(c) Filing in paper form
When it is not feasible for a party to convert a document to electronic form by scanning, imaging, or another means, a court may allow that party to serve, file, or serve and file the document in paper form.
(Subd (c) relettered and amended effective January 1, 2008; adopted as subd (b) effective January 1, 2003.)
Rule 2.253 amended effective January 1, 2011; adopted as rule 2053 effective January 1, 2003; previously amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2007; previously amended effective January 1, 2008.