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The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court announced a new civil procedure rule that allows paperless electronic filing. Under Temporary Rule 321, e-filings may be permitted by a local rule or special order of a trial court. Prothonotaries may accept filings in the format of Adobe PDF, or Windows versions of WordPerfect and Microsoft Word. “There could be an entire free flow of public filing, 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says administrative judge John W. Herron. “There wouldn’t be an hour of the day or night that the court system would be closed.”

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