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January 1, 2013
E-signature rule to be sent to the court

The Bar Board of Governors has recommended the Supreme Court approve procedural changes clarifying the use of electronic signatures in court filings and the use of email-service between parties.

The Rules of Judicial Administration Committee proposed the amendments to Rules of Judicial Administration 2.515 and 2.516, and the board concurred at its December meeting.

The changes clarify that electronic signatures apply only to electronically filed documents, that parties can agree to serve each other using methods besides by email, clarifying time of service, and specifying that lawyers do not have to file a separate pleading when they designate an address for accepting case documents.

The board voted 28-0 to recommend approval of the amendments.

[Revised: 07-16-2014]