N.D. Sup. Ct. Admin. Order
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 16 - ELECTRONIC FILING PILOT PROJECT
FOR THE DISTRICT COURTS
A. Electronic Filing.
1. Except for initial pleadings, parties may electronically file documents in the district courts.
2. A document filed electronically has the same legal effect as a paper document.
3. The typed attorney or party name or facsimile signature on a document filed electronically has the same effect as an original manually affixed signature.
B. Filing Formats. Documents filed electronically may be submitted by e-mail to the district court clerk. A directory of district court clerk e-mail addresses is available online at the supreme court website. E-mailed documents must be in portable document format or approved word processing format.
1. Approved word processing formats for documents filed electronically are WordPerfect, Word, and ASCII. Parties must obtain permission from the district court clerk in advance if they seek to submit documents in another word processing format.
2. All paragraphs must be numbered in approved word processing format documents. Reference to material in such documents must be to paragraph number, not page number.
C. Time of Filing.
1. A document in compliance with the rules and submitted electronically to the district court clerk by 5:00 p.m. local time will be considered filed on the date submitted. A document filed after 5:00 p.m. will be considered filed on the next business day.
2. Upon receiving a document filed electronically, the district court clerk will issue an e-mail confirmation that the document has been received.
3. A party filing a document electronically must pay any required filing fee.
4. A party filing electronically must pay a surcharge for internal reproduction of the document by the district court. No surcharge payment is required for documents less than 20 total pages in length. A party electronically filing a document must pay $.10 per page for each page in excess of 20 pages.
5. A party must pay all required fees within five days of submitting a document filed electronically. If fees are not paid within five days of submission, the document will be returned by the district court clerk and the party will be required to refile the document.
D. Electronic Service.
1. If a party files a document by electronic means, the party must serve the document by electronic means if the recipient consents to accept documents served electronically. Service by electronic means is not effective if the party making service learns that the attempted service did not reach the person to be served.
2. A party may designate an e-mail address as their e-mail address for the purpose of accepting electronic service.
3. If a recipient does not consent to accept electronic service of a document, service by another means specified in the rules is required.
4. For purposes of computation of time, any document electronically served must be treated as if it were mailed on the date of transmission.
E. Effective Date. This Order is effective _______________, and remains in effect until further order of the Court.
[Adopted effective March 1, 2006.]