With the pilot implementation of the e-filing system in the judiciary slated to start on Jan. 1, 2013, the Supreme Court (SC) has released the e-mail address where litigants can send their pleadings.
In a statement, the SC, through the Management Information System Office, has set up the e-mail address [email protected].
This is pursuant to the Efficient Use of Paper Rule issued last Nov. 13, 2012, which takes effect on January 1, 2013.
E-filing, under the rule, requires parties before the SC to submit, simultaneously with their court-bound papers, soft copies of their pleadings and their annexes (the latter in PDF format) either by email to the court?s e-mail address or by compact disc (CD).
E-filing will, initially, be on a voluntary basis for the first six months following the effectivity of the rule. Thereafter, it shall be compulsory, unless six-month voluntary period is extended.
In promulgating the new rule, the SC noted the need to cut the judicial system?s use of excessive quantities of costly paper, save the forests, avoid landslides, and mitigate the worsening effects of climate change.