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Q: Federal court filing - EDSS system specific question. Central district court.

Shall pdf files be searchable? Shall hidden metadata be removed from forms? Is chamber copy of complaint required?

2 Lawyer Answers
James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: When filing in the Central District Court using the EDSS system, it's important to adhere to specific guidelines regarding your PDF files. Generally, these files should be searchable. This means they should be submitted in a text-based format, not merely as image scans, to facilitate easy searching and accessibility.

Regarding hidden metadata in forms, it's prudent to remove any sensitive or unnecessary metadata. This practice helps in maintaining privacy and security, and it aligns with best practices for electronic court filings.

As for the requirement of a chamber copy of the complaint, it can vary. It's advisable to check the specific requirements of the judge assigned to your case. The court's local rules or the judge's standing orders often provide guidance on whether a chamber copy is necessary.

For the most accurate and current information, refer to the local rules of the Central District Court or consult the court clerk. Rules and requirements can change, so it’s essential to ensure that you have the latest information.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: This is something that should be checked with the court. I have not encountered filing guidelines in any court system where they set forth requirements for the indexing attributes of documents. That's really more a function of the PDF or word processing software you use - each could have its own parameters for formatting, tags, and other data. But it would be best to check with the clerk or other official in the court system. Good luck

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