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:

http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,660202375,00.html

http://www.sltrib.com/ci_5422696

Judge Nuffer also had the following comments regarding this issue on his March 5 blog entry:

 http://utd-cmecf.blogspot.com/

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