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Idaho Rules for Electronic Filing and Service


Rule 2: Definitions

The following definitions apply to this chapter:

(a)   "Conventional filing" means a process whereby a filer files a paper document with the court.

(b)   "Document" means a pleading, a paper, a motion, a declaration, an application, a request, a brief, a memorandum, an exhibit, or other instrument submitted by a filer, including any exhibit or attachment referred to in the instrument. Depending on the context, as used in this chapter, “document” may refer to an instrument in either paper or electronic form.

(c)   "Electronic filing" means the process whereby a filer electronically transmits documents to a court in an electronic form to initiate an action or to be included in the court file of an action.

(d)   "Electronic filing system" means the systems provided by the Idaho Supreme Court for the electronic filing (File and Serve and Guide and File) and the electronic service of a document via the Internet, excluding the electronic filing of criminal citations by

(e)   "Electronic service" means the electronic transmission of a notice of filing by the electronic filing system to the electronic mail (email) address of a party who has consented to electronic service per Rule 17(a)(1). The notice will contain a hyperlink to access a document that was filed electronically for the purpose of accomplishing service. When the serving entity is the court, electronic service may be completed through the electronic filing system or through conventional email.

(f)   "Filer" means a person registered with the electronic filing system who submits a document for filing with the court and/or submits a document for service through the electronic filing system. The filer may be an attorney representing a party in the case, a party, or anyone authorized to submit documents for filing on their behalf. The filer may also be a third party tasked with submitting reports, evaluations, or other communications for filing as directed by the court or required by law.

(g)   "Service contact" means any party and their email address designated for electronic service between the parties through the electronic filing system.

(h)   "Other service contact" means any person associated with the filer for purposes of an action whom the filer wishes to receive email notification from the electronic filing system of documents electronically served in the action. An “other service contact” includes another attorney, administrator, or staff from the filer’s place of business, or another person who is associated with the filer regarding the action or otherwise has a legitimate connection to the action.

(i)   "Accept" refers to the determination that a document electronically filed has met the standards set forth in the rules below. The court has the discretion to later reject such a filing if it deems it appropriate to do so.

(j)   "Confidential" in reference to a document or information means the document or information will not be accessible to the public because it is exempt from public disclosure pursuant to Idaho Court Administrative Rule 32 or it has been sealed by court order pursuant to Idaho Court Administrative Rule 32 or it contains information barred from disclosure to the public under federal or state law. The information or document that is confidential may be accessible to certain court personnel and where applicable, to certain governmental entities as authorized by law, court rule, or court order.

(k)   "Conventionally signed document" means a paper document with a handwritten signature.

(l)   "Envelope" is a filing and/or service of documents submitted to the court through the electronic filing system. An envelope can contain one or more documents submitted to the court or others for the same case.


(Adopted April 15, 2019, effective July 1, 2019)

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Members of the
Idaho Supreme Court

Chief Justice G Richard Bevan
Justice Robyn M. Brody
Justice Gregory W. Moeller
Justice Colleen D. Zahn
Justice Cynthia K.C. Meyer

Members of the
Idaho Court of Appeals

Chief Judge David W. Gratton
Judge Molly J Huskey
Judge Jessica M. Lorello
Judge Michael P. Tribe



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