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Rule 39. Service of Pleadings
In general. At or before the filing of any pleading or other paper relative to a case in the Clerk’s office, a copy thereof shall be served on all counsel of record, including amicus curiae counsel, in person, by mail, by third-party commercial carrier, or by electronic means if the party being served consents. See Rule
(b). When a party is not represented by counsel, service shall be made on such party in person, by mail, or by third-party commercial carrier. When reasonable, considering such factors as the immediacy of the relief sought, distance, and cost, service must be at least as expeditious as the manner used to file the pleading or other paper with the Court. See Rule
Personal service. If service is made in person, it shall consist of delivery at the office of the counsel of record, either to counsel or to an employee therein. If the party is not represented, service shall consist of delivery to such party.
Service by mail. If service is made by mail, it shall consist of depositing the pleading or other paper with the United States Postal Service, with no less than first-class postage prepaid, addressed to the counsel of record or, if the party is not represented, to such party, at the proper post office address.
Service by third-party commercial carrier. If service is made by a third-party commercial carrier, it shall be for delivery within 3 calendar days.
Time of service. Personal service is complete on delivery. Service by mail or third-party commercial carrier is complete on mailing or delivery to the carrier. Service by electronic means is complete upon transmission.
Certificate for review. In the case of a certificate for review, service of a copy thereof shall be made on appellate defense counsel and appellate government counsel as prescribed in Rule
Form of certificate of filing and service. A certificate indicating the specific manner of filing under Rule
36 and the specific manner of service under this rule shall be included in any pleading or other paper substantially in the following form:
certificate of filing and service
I certify that the original and seven copies of the foregoing were [delivered] (or) [mailed—specify class] (or) [delivered to—specify the name of the third-party commercial carrier—for delivery—specify within how many days delivery will be effected] to the Court on XXXX (date) and that a copy of the foregoing was [delivered] (or) [mailed—specify class] (or) [delivered to—specify the name of the third-party commercial carrier—for delivery—specify within how many days delivery will be effected] (or) [transmitted by electronic means with the consent of the counsel being served—specify the electronic mail address or facsimile number used] to (enter specific name of each counsel of record or party, if not represented) on XXXX. (Date)
(Typed name and signature
of certifying person)
(Address and telephone no.
of certifying person)
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