Can a single filing apply to more than one case?Because of the case management system, if cases are not officially consolidated with other cases by court order, any document applying in several cases must be filed in each case.
If a case is consolidated with others by court order, then a document can be filed in the lead case. The comments field on the eFiling screen must be used to specify to what other cases the document applies. It will then be accepted (or rejected) by the clerk in the lead case and a docket entry that it was filed will be made in each of the other cases with which it is consolidated. The entry will also state the case number of the lead case where the document was filed and can be viewed on a public access system.
Can I serve discovery electronically?Yes. You may serve discovery documents electronically on counsel through the system. Pursuant to Rule Promulgation Order 07-04, effective September 4, 2007, Certificates Regarding Discovery need not be filed when discovery is served. Instead, a Certificate Regarding Discovery that has occurred in the case must be filed as an attachment with any of the following three filings: (1) a motion regarding discovery; (2) an opposition to a dispositive motion based on the need for discovery; and (3) a motion to extend Scheduling Order dates. SCR Civil 5(d). If Certificates Regarding Discovery are already in the Court record, the Certificate Regarding Discovery may incorporate those certificates by reference and also list any additional discovery, if any, that has occurred.
Discovery is not served on the court unless it is necessary to a motion regarding the same.
Do I have to submit envelopes and mailing labels?You do not need to send chambers envelopes or mailing labels for individuals who are being eServed. You do need to send envelopes and mailing labels to the judge’s chambers if there is a pro se party or parties in the case. Mailing labels or service envelopes should be provided to the chambers of the case judge with the submission identified by case name and number.
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