Order mandates e-filing of all court cases

Posted on Apr 09 2020

The CNMI Supreme Court issued an order on April 6, 2020, mandating that all documents filed in criminal, civil, traffic and small claims cases be filed and served electronically. The Judiciary initially began accepting electronic filing in 2006 in limited civil actions.

Attorneys and self-represented litigants can now file documents electronically using File & ServeXpress portal at https://www.fileandservexpress.com/. According to File & ServeXpress website, electronic file users “gain a global overview and fast access to all cases in one spot” and are able to “respond quickly and effortlessly to any changes pertinent to a case.”

The pressing situation surrounding COVID-19 prompted an increased need for activating electronic filing and service for all case types. File & ServeXpress responded quickly to the needs of the CNMI Judiciary. In collaboration with Clerk of the Superior Court Patrick V. Diaz, File & ServeXpress was able to initiate electronic filing and service for all case types in one week.

“This will effectively streamline the filing of cases in the courts. We are excited and thankful to File and Serve for their expeditious assistance in triggering electronic filing and service for all case types,” said Supreme Court Clerk of Court Gretchen S. Smith. “The challenges in view of COVID-19 is unprecedented, but the Judiciary is doing its best to accommodate the needs of litigants and the public.” (PR)

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