Don’t mess with timestamps
Several federal courthouses have dropboxes outside the courthouse that allow after-hour filings. The dropbox has both a weather-protected timestamp and a separate slot to slip in the document.
In the District of Utah, if a document is time-stamped, and immediately placed in the dropbox, the document is considered timely filed, even if its after regular courthouse hours.
What one should NOT do, is time-stamp the document and put it in the dropbox several days later, attempting to pass off the document as having been “filed” on the date reflected by the time-stamp.
See the following articles:
Judge Nuffer also had the following comments regarding this issue on his March 5 blog entry: