Fax Service of Notice of Orders and Judgments
The Court has authorized the Clerk of Court to implement a pilot program in civil and criminal cases to allow attorneys and pro se litigants to waive the provisions of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 77(d) or Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 49(c), which requires service of Notice of Orders and Judgments by means of mail, and instead consent to receive Notice of Orders and Judgments by means of facsimile transmission.
This notice is being sent to you because you either represent a party or are a party to litigation currently pending in this district. Enclosed please find a form of Consent to Receive Notice of Orders and Judgments by means of Facsimile Transmission and Waiver of the Provisions of Fed.R.Civ.P. 77(d) or Fed.R.Crim.P. 49(c) Providing for said Notice by means of Mail. Execution of this enclosed Facsimile Transmission Authorization form authorizes the Clerk of Court to serve notice of the entry of Orders or Judgments pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 77(d) or Fed.R.Crim.P. 49(c) by facsimile in lieu of notice by means of mail. Please be advised that this enclosed Facsimile Transmission Authorization form also serves as Notice to and Authorization for the Clerk of Court to keep your name and the relevant information on file so that the Facsimile Transmission Authorization form will apply to all pending and future civil and criminal cases in which you are, or will be, either counsel or a party to litigation.
Please be advised that waiver of the provisions providing for notice of the entry of Orders or Judgments by mail will include all pending civil and criminal cases in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in which you either represent a party or are a party to the litigation, except for grand jury proceedings and impounded cases.
Please also be advised that the Clerk of Court shall make no more than three attempts to transmit the Notice of Entry of Orders and Judgments by means of facsimile. If after three attempts facsimile transmission is unsuccessful, Notice shall be made by means of mail pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 77(d) or Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 49(c).
You are requested to complete the enclosed Facsimile Transmission Authorization form and return it to this office. Thank you for your willingness to consider participating in this program. Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please contact Susan Matlack at (267) 299-7051.
- To complete and submit a Facsimile Transmission Authorization form, perform the following three (3) steps.
- Step #1: Download the form using your browser. The Facsimile Transmission Authorization form can be found here. The form is interactive and allows most fields to be completed on-line. Adobe Reader is required to access the form and can be obtained below.
- Step #2: Depending upon your preference, either (a) complete the form on-line and then print the form, or (b) print the form and then complete it manually (i.e., by typing or hand, in ink).
- Step #3: Sign the form & mail or fax it to:
Kate Barkman, Clerk of Court
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
601 Market Street, Room 2609
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1797
ATTN: Facsimile Transmission Authorization