The Louisiana Court of Appeal, First Circuit, has instituted electronic filing on a voluntary basis as at June 16th, 2014. E-filing can be conducted via the EClerk’s Counter portal, which is located on the left side menu on the First Circuit’s home page: http://www.la-fcca.org.
E-filing is authorized under Louisiana Court of Appeal, First Circuit, Local Rule 8, which can be read in its entirety here.
A few key provisions of Local Rule 8 E-filing are as follows:
- If required under Uniform Rules, a declaration must be submitted electronically in lieu of an affidavit.
- All document files must be electronically signed by the intended filer before uploading to the EClerk’s Counter.
- It appears that signatures must be in some form other than typed after /s/. The Clerk instructs visiting Adobe’s tutorial on electronic signatures in PDFs at: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/electronic-signatures-e-signatures.html
- Document size cannot exceed 175 megabytes.
- Local Rule 8 allows that appendices and/or exhibit materials can be scanned for insertion into the PDF document.