Updated 11th Circuit Rules and Pro Se Handbook

The Eleventh Circuit has updated its rules [.pdf], with many of the new rules aimed at bringing the rules in line with the realities of CM/ECF electronic filing. As explained in the cover letter, the changes:

  • Add a new rule requiring counsel to file documents electronically using the Court’s Electronic Case Files (ECF) system. 11th Cir. R. 25-3.
  • Add a new rule to address electronic brief uploading when counsel are exempt from using the ECF system. 11th Cir. R. 31-5.
  • Delete IOP 11, Electronic Transmission of Emergency Petition for Rehearing En Banc (following FRAP 35) as unnecessary in light of mandatory electronic filing.
  • Add reference to the John C. Godbold Federal Building. IOP 1, Physical Facilities (following FRAP 47).
  • Clarify that copies are only required when certain items are filed in paper. 11th Cir. R. 22-4(a)(3); 11th Cir. R. 27-1(a)(1); IOP 6, Citation of Supplemental Authorities (following FRAP 28); IOP 1, Citation of Supplemental Authorities (following FRAP 29);
    IOP, Motions for Damages and Costs (following FRAP 38); 11th Cir. R. 40-5.
  • Substitute the term “non-argument” for “screening” in various rules and IOPs. 11th Cir. R. 31-6(b); 11th Cir. R. 34-3(e); IOP 1, Non-Argument Calendar (following FRAP 34); 11th Cir. R. 46-10(b); IOP 9c, Non-Argument Calendar Appeals, and IOP 9d, Oral Argument Calendar Appeals (following FRAP 47).

As with prior updates, the new rules thankfully come with a guide to replace pages with change without having to trash your entire prior copy of the rules.

Along with the Rules, the Court has also updated its pro se handbook [.pdf] to reflect the new procedures.

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