E-Service versus Service by E-Mail (Rule 2.516) – Do You Know The Difference?
In the attached Florida Bar News article, we see that the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee voted to file an emergency petition with the court to clarify this point regarding Rule 2.516. (Look at the bottom of Page 2 under “Changes Yet To Come“). 8/15/12 Florida Bar News Article re: E-Service, E-Mail, E-Discovery
As they point out in the article, service by e-mail and e-service are different. Service by e-mail is what is ordered in the new Rule 2.516. They point out that this is temporary and that the Florida E-Filing Portal will eventually handle e-service. Think of it like Florida’s version of PACER.
With service by e-mail, you have to personally send an e-mail to the other side attaching the document. With e-service, you would file the document in the E-Filing Portal and the system would send an e-mail to the other parties automatically – probably including a link to the document. Basically, exactly the way PACER works. Right now, the E-Filing Portal doesn’t have an e-service component… but they are saying this is in the works and that service by e-mail is only temporary until that happens. This is great news. I think we can all agree that a PACER like system would be super sweet and much better than this service by e-mail