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New Appellate Rules for 2016

As of July 1, 2016, e-service and filing is mandatory for all pending and new appeals in Minnesota.  In addition, a number of other significant rule changes came into effect.  A cautionary note for anyone initiating a new appeal – the appellate courts’ EMACS and the district court eFS system are separate and do not “talk” to one another.  So, what is electronically served and filed in one court is not automatically done in the other court.  The failure to properly serve and file the documents necessary to start an appeal can result in the appeal being dismissed.  Steve Buterin has prepared a short guide of the new rule changes and a checklist of what must be electronically filed in which courts.  If you have questions about these new rule changes or navigating the appeals process in Minnesota, feel free to contact Steve.