Courthouse News Service v. Michael Planet
Filed (ECF) Appellee Michael D. Planet Correspondence: Update re AB 2073 Action by Judicial Council. Date of service: 07/08/2013 --[COURT UPDATE: Attached certificate of service. Resent NDA. 07/09/2013 by RY] (RAN)
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July 8, 2013
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Ms. Molly C. Dwyer, Clerk of the Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
The James R. Browning Courthouse
95 7th Street
San Francisco, California 94103
Courthouse News Service v. Planet
Case No. 11-57187
Dear Ms. Dwyer:
We reported in our October 31, 2013 Rule 28(j) letter (Docket 30-1) that amended
California Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6(f) obligated the Judicial Council to issue
statewide mandatory e-filing rules. We write to provide an update.
On June 21, 2013, the Court Technology and the Civil and Small Claims Advisory
Committees submitted a report to the Judicial Council which recommended that the Council
amend the California Rules of Court regarding electronic filing and service in civil cases. The
report, not surprisingly entitled Electronic Filing and Service: Rules Allowing the Superior
Courts to Mandate Electronic Filing and Service in Civil Cases,” is available through the
Judicial Council’s website at http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/jc-20130628-itemC.pdf. We
address the Court’s attention to pages 33 through 36 of the Report, as well as the amended
definition of “electronic filing” in Rule of Court 2.250(b)(7), which show how the Judicial
Branch continues to grapple with the issue of access to court filings.
On June 28, 2013, the Judicial Council approved the committees’ recommended
amendments to the rules that allow the superior courts to mandate electronic filing for civil cases.
The new rules became effective July 1, 2013, a year before the deadline established under
section 1010.6(f).” The Judicial Council web page announcing the new rule can be accessed at
http://www.courts.ca.gov/policyadmin-jc.htm?genpubtab. The MP3 recording of the Judicial
Council’s June 28 meeting during which the amended rules as well as access to court records is
discussed is available at http://wpc.1a57.edgecastcdn.net/001A57/eop/jc/062813/itemc.mp3.
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