Maine Rules of Civil Procedure amendment reminder: Electronic Service

Changes to multiple civil rules require represented parties to serve pleadings and other papers electronically.

  • Every pleading and motion signed by an attorney must include an email address in the signature block;
  • Attorneys are expected to look at the signature block of pleadings filed by opposing counsel, to ascertain the correct email address for electronic service;
  • The documents to be served must be e-mailed as a PDF attachment;
  • The rule changes affect the summons, complaint, answer, notices of appearance, pleadings, discovery, pretrial memoranda, and anything formerly served by mail to opposing counsel;
  • Exceptions exist for responses to written discovery and summary judgment records longer than 50 pages;
  • The summons and complaint must be served with a Notice Regarding Electronic Service, a fillable form available on the Superior Court website.

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