Home Frequently Asked Questions - Court-Pass - Digital Filing
Answers to these frequently asked questions are general and are not intended to provide legal assistance. Please consult the Court's Rules and applicable statutory provisions in preparing papers and digital format submissions.
Q: I represent an indigent client, am I required to submit briefs and record material in digital format?
A: Yes, unless the Clerk grants a request to be relieved of the digital format submission requirements (see Rule 500.2[e]).
Q: Am I required to e-mail my brief and record material to the Clerk's office?
A: No. The digital briefs and record material must be transmitted to the Clerk's Office by uploading them to the Court of Appeals Public Access and Search System (Court-PASS). Court-PASS is accessible through the Court of Appeals website.
Q: Am I required to register as a Court-PASS user in order to upload my brief and record material?
A: No. To access Court-PASS's Upload System, New York attorneys must have an Attorney Online Service Account with the Unified Court System. There is no seperate registration for Court-PASS. Filers who are not New York attorneys will recieve "guest" login credentials from the Clerk's Office.
Q:How do I log into Court-PASS to upload documents if I am a registered New York attorney?
A: Registered New York attorneys must have an Attorney Online Service Account with the Unified Court System. If a registered New York attorney does not have an Attorney Online Service Account, there is a link on Court-PASS to create such an account. Once an account is created, the filer will be redirected to Court-PASS and may then use their attorney registration number as their user ID and their password created in their Attorney Online Service Account. Filers will also be required to provide a "Login No." This is the case number assigned by the Clerk's Office and provided to filers in a briefing letter.
Below is an example for a registered New York Attorney:
User ID: 1234567 (attorney registration number)
Password: Password1 (password created in Attorney Online Registration Account)
The registered attorney will then be directed to a new page:
Login No.: APL-2014-00001 (case number, provided in the briefing letter)
Q: How do I log into Court-PASS to upload documents if I am not a registered New York attorney?
A: Filers who are not New York attorneys will receive "guest" login credentials from the Clerk's Office. The login credentials will include a Login Name, Password and Login No. For example:
Login Name: jdoe123 (login name provided by Clerk's Office)
Password: password123 (password provided by Clerk's Office)
Login No.: APL-2014-00001 (case number, provided in briefing letter)
Q: Do I have to pay a fee to use Court-PASS?
A: No. There is no fee to use Court-PASS.
Q: What is the required digital format for briefs and record material?
A: All digital submissions must be in text searchable portable document format (PDF).
Q: I don't know how to convert my documents to PDF format. Will the Clerk's Office convert the documents for me?
A: No. Free software is available to convert word-processed documents to PDF software.
Q: How many documents can I upload on Court-PASS at one time? Is there a size limit?
A: Five documents may be uploaded per session. No uploaded document may exceed a file size of 100 megabytes.
Q: How do I serve the digital copies of my brief and record material on my adversary?
A: The Court's Rules do not require service of digital copies of briefs and record material. However, parties may agree among themselves to provide such documents to each other, in any mutually-agreeable fashion, including by e-mail.
Q: What do I name the digital versions of my briefs and record material?
A: The Clerk's Office will provide the parties with naming conventions for the briefs and record material, in a briefing letter.