The Minnesota Appellate E-Filing Application (E-MACS) provides the ability for users to electronically file documents with the Clerk of Appellate Courts in cases pending before the court of appeals and the supreme court. Electronic service may also be accomplished, in some cases, when documents are e-filed with E-MACS.
E-filing with the appellate courts will offer users the following benefits:
Convenience: E-MACS offers one electronic location at which you can at any time prepare, file, and (in some cases) serve documents electronically, as well as access notifications received on recent cases.
Availability and access: E-MACS is available 24/7, and filings submitted before 11:59 p.m. will be considered submitted that day, even when the clerk’s office is not open. If accepted by the clerk’s office after review, submissions will be considered ‘filed’ as of the date of submission.
Cost-efficiency: Electronic filing and service will reduce the number of paper copies needed for the courts and for you and/or your client.
Who may e-file with the Appellate E-Filing Application?
Initially, only those authorized by order of the Minnesota Supreme Court will be allowed to register for E-MACS, to file documents related to appeals.
After an initial pilot project with the appellate public defender’s office, the supreme court is expected to authorize additional groups of attorneys, court reporters, and self-represented parties to participate, and to expand e-filing to additional types of appeals.
How do I begin e-filing?
Refer to the Registering for E-MACS section for information on getting started using E-MACS.
Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for other helpful information about E-MACS.