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Supreme Court’s Paperless Filing( E-Filing)

In order 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, the Supreme Court issued, through AM No. 11-9-4-SC,  November 13, 2012, the Efficient Use of Paper  Rule which  takes effect on January 1, 2013 after its publication in two newspapers of  general circulation.

E-filing requires  parties  before the Supreme Court to submit,  simultaneously with their court-bound papers, soft copies of the same 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, For efficient use of paper.

The Rule also requires that  all pleadings, motions, and similar papers intended for the consideration of  all courts and quasi-judicial bodies under the supervision of the Supreme Court   must be

  • written in single space with a one-and-a-half space between paragraphs,
  • using  an easily readable font style of the party’s choice, of 14-size font, and on a  13-inch by 8.5-inch white bond paper.

The same requirements  apply to  all decisions, resolutions, and orders issued  by courts and quasi-judicial bodies under the administrative supervision of the  Supreme Court, as well as reports submitted to the courts and transcripts of  stenographic notes.following the effectivity of the Rule. Thereafter,  it shall be compulsory,  unless six-month  voluntary  period is extende.

For efficient use of paper, the Rule also requires that  all pleadings, motions, and similar papers intended for the consideration of  all courts and quasi-judicial bodies under the supervision of the Supreme Court   must be :

  • written in single space with a one-and-a-half space between paragraphs,
  • using  an easily readable font style of the party’s choice, of 14-size font, and on a  13-inch by 8.5-inch white bond paper. The same requirements  apply to  all decisions, resolutions, and orders issued  by courts and quasi-judicial bodies under the administrative supervision of the  Supreme Court, as well as reports submitted to the courts and transcripts of  stenographic notes.

All court-bound papers to be submitted by every party shall  likewise maintain a:

  • left hand margin of 1.5 inches from the edge;
  • an upper  margin of 1.2 inches from the edge;
  • a right hand margin of one inch from the  edge;
  • and a lower margin of one inch from the edge.
  • Every page must be  consecutively numbered.

The Rule specifies the number of copies  of court-bound papers in a particular court that a party is required or desires  to file unless otherwise directed by the court. In the Supreme Court for  instance, parties are required to file one original (properly marked) and four  copies, unless the case is referred to the Court En  Banc, in which event, the parties shall file 10 additional copies.  For the En Banc, the parties need to submit  only two sets of annexes, one attached to the original and one extra copy. For  the Division, the parties need to submit also two sets of annexes, one attached  to the original, as well as an extra copy. All members of the Court shall share  the extra copies of annexes in the interest of economy of paper.

In preparation for the  eventual establishment of an e-filing paperless system in the Judiciary, the  Supreme Court, through its Management Information System Office, has set up the  e-mail address efile@sc.judiciary.gov.ph.

Source: Supreme Court of the Philippines Website