Model Local Appellate Rules for Electronic Filing
At its September 2005 meeting, the Judicial Conference adopted a series of Model Local Appellate Rules for Electronic Filing to assist the appellate courts in developing local rules and procedures relating to the filing and service of documents by electronic means. The new model local appellate rules are not intended to supplant existing national or local rules of appellate procedure, but to provide an example of the issues that should be addressed in implementing CM/ECF at the appellate level.
The Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (Fed. R. App. P. 25(a)) already provide that a court “may by local rule permit papers to be filed, signed, or verified by electronic means that are consistent with technical standards, if any, that the Judicial Conference of the United States establishes.” The Federal Rules also authorize each appellate court to make and amend rules governing its practice (Fed. R. App. P. 47(a)).