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Rule 36. Filing of Pleadings

(a) In general. Pleadings or other papers relative to a case shall be filed in the Clerk’s office, 450 E Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20442–0001, either in person, by mail, or by third-party commercial carrier. See Rule 37 (b)(2).
(b) Filing in person. If a pleading or other paper is filed in person, such filing shall consist of delivery to a member of the Clerk’s office during normal business hours. See Rule 9 (e).
(c) Filing by mail or third-party commercial carrier. If a pleading or other paper is filed by mail, such filing shall consist of depositing the pleading or other paper with the United States Postal Service, with no less than first-class postage prepaid, properly addressed to the Clerk’s office. If a pleading or other paper is filed through a third-party commercial carrier, such filing shall consist of delivery to the commercial carrier for delivery within 3 calendar days.
(d) Time of filing. Pleadings or other papers shall be deemed to have been filed on the date they are delivered to the Clerk’s office under subsection (b) or on the date they are mailed or delivered to a commercial carrier under subsection (c). See Rules 37 (b)(1) and 39 (e).
(e) Non-compliant pleadings. If any pleading or other paper is not filed or offered for filing in compliance with these Rules or an order of the Court, the Court may issue an order to show cause, dismiss the proceeding, or return the proffered pleading or paper on its own motion or the motion of a party. See Rules 27 (a)(4) and 37 (b)(1).

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