All ECF Registered Users and Counsel:
Beginning Monday, December 3, 2012 there will
be a new procedure for issuing a summons in a civil case in
the Middle District of PA.
We will begin using an electronic summons,
which means there will no longer be a "hard" court seal on
the summons form. The summons form will now contain an
electronic court seal. The summons issued event will be
entered on the docket and counsel will receive it
electronically if they are a registered ECF user. If they
are not an ECF registered user, they will receive the
summons by U.S. Mail.
ECF Registered Users: You will receive the
summons electronically through ECF. When you receive the
Notice of Electronic Filing in your e-mail, you MUST click
on the document number (not the docket/case number), and
print or save the Summons. If you choose to print it, you
should select how many copies you need to serve. If you do
not print or save the summons and need to get it at a future
date, you will need to go into PACER and you will be charged
for the 2 page document.
NOTE: YOU STILL ARE REQUIRED TO SERVE THE
SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT PURSUANT TO RULE 4 OF THE FEDERAL
RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE.
The only thing that is changing is the way counsel will
receive the summons. All other requirements remain the same.