It always seemed strange to me that the rules for electronic filing in the Eastern District of Virginia did not require civil complaints to be filed electronically. Given that, in most cases, every other pleading after the complaint would be filed electronically, requiring the complaint to be filed in paper only seemed to increase the administrative burden on the clerk's office, which would have to maintain a physical file and manually scan in the complaint and exhibits. Whether due to that administrative burden or otherwise, the Eastern District of Virginia has, effective as of October 3, 2016, changed its rules to now require that civil complaints be filed electronically. Once the kinks get worked out of the filing process, this should improve efficiency for the parties and the court.

As part of rolling out its new rules, the EDVA provided detailed instructions which can be found at the following link:


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