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E-Filing in S.D.N.Y.

On March 7, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York updated its Electronic Case Filing Rules & Instructions. The rules specify that any exhibits to a filing, must be filed as an attachment. Rule 13.3 specifically prohibits inserting exhibits behind the main filing in the same PDF. It also specifies a format of the exhibit names:

NOTICE OF REMOVAL (Attachments: #1 State Court Complaint, #2 State Court Summons)

This should really save all of us who have spent hours parsing through PACER docket entries and filings a lot of trouble. If exhibits are listed in a consistent format on PACER dockets it will be easier (and cheaper to search for documents). I have spent a lot of time hunting through summary judgment declaration exhibits for particular expert reports and deposition transcripts. With the rules now stating that, "[e]ach attachment must be clearly titled in the ECF entry so the subject of the exhibit is clear." it should be easy to find what you're looking for.

The new rule will also make it easier to parse through multiple files, easily adding an exhibit number and description different columns on a spreadsheet.

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