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E-SIGNATURES: What constitutes an electronic signature?

Please consult Local Rule 5.1(A)(7), which states:

Use of the Filing User's login user name and password, either by the Filing User or by someone authorized to act on behalf of a Filing User, to file a document electronically is the legal equivalent of the Filing User's original signature on the document filed and is, for all purposes, the signature of the Filing User required by Fed.R.Civ.P. 11, the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure, these Local Rules, and any other purpose for which a signature is required in connection with proceedings before the court.

The court has also approved the use of "s/" (with the attorney's name typed out) on the signature line above the signature block as the electronic signature on the document being filed. The "s/" signature should be used in addition to the attorney's CM/ECF password and login.

Example:

s/ Sheila Hurst-Rayborn
Sheila Hurst-Rayborn, Esq.
Florida Bar Number 000000
Hurst-Rayborn and Associates
000 North Adams Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32301-7717
Office: 850/000-0000
Fax: 850/000-0000
email address (requested)

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