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Mandatory eFile and eServe

On May 24, 2012, the Minnesota Supreme Court adopted an Order and Rules providing for mandatory eFile and eServe for most general Civil Cases in the Fourth Judicial District, including Examiner of Title cases, but with the exception of Probate/Mental Health and Conciliation Court case types. Mandatory eFile and eServe also applies to ALL Family Court cases, including Annulments, Custody, Dissolutions with Children, Dissolutions without Children, Domestic Abuse, Family Other, Legal Separation, Paternity, Separate Maintenance, Summary Dissolution, Support, and Transfers of Legal Custody.

Mandatory eFile and eServe for these case types is effective September 1, 2012. Attorneys and government agencies must be registered to use the Odyssey File and Serve system by September 1st. Registered attorneys and government agencies must also electronically serve all documents required or permitted to be served on other registered attorneys and government agencies in the case. Before you register your firm and create an eFile account, you should Attend an eFile Training to learn how the system works and to properly manage your eFile account and users. To learn more, visit the 4th District (Hennepin) eFile & eServe webpage and the 2nd District (Ramsey) eFile & eServe webpage.

By Order of the Minnesota Supreme Court
Fourth Judicial District
Kate Fogarty, Judicial District Administrator

Exception Request Protocol to Mandatory eFile and eServe

Case filings in Civil and Family Court subject to the Supreme Court Order for Mandatory eFiling and eService may be granted an exception by the Chief Judge upon a showing of “good cause.” Exception requests must be filed by motion with the Court. Please note the following:

1.  All motions for an exception to mandatory eFile and eServe must be filed with the Fourth Judicial District, the Honorable Chief Judge Peter A. Cahill. The Chief Judge or designee, which may include the assigned trial court judge to the case, will make the decision on whether to grant or reject the exception request.

2.  Motions for an exception to mandatory eFile and eServe must state a “good cause” exception reason to mandatory eFile/eServe which may not include: 1) Attorney’s personal preference for paper; 2) No computer; or 3) Lack of internet connectivity.

3.  Other good cause reasons submitted by attorneys for an exception to Mandatory eFile/eServe will be evaluated by the Chief Judge or designee using the protocol referenced above.

Any questions or concerns may be directed to the Chief Judge chambers office or by contacting the Chief Information Officer at (612)348-6060.

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