Use of facsimile machine.
1. Except when personal service of a person is ordered by the court or required by specific statute, a person who is represented by an attorney may be lawfully served with any motion, notice or other legal document by means of a facsimile machine if:
(a) The document is transmitted to the office of the attorney representing the person; and
(b) The facsimile machine is operational and is maintained by the attorney representing the person or the employer of that attorney.
2. In addition to any other document required by the court, a person who uses a facsimile machine pursuant to subsection 1 to serve any motion, notice or other legal document that is required to be filed with the court shall attach to or include with the original document filed with the court a copy of the confirmation report or other comparable evidence of the transmittal of the legal document.
3. Service of any motion, notice or other legal document by facsimile machine after 5 p.m. on the day that the document is transmitted shall be deemed delivered on the next judicial day. The time of transmittal set forth in this subsection is determined according to the time at the location of the recipient of the legal document.
4. Service of any motion, notice or other legal document by facsimile machine as authorized by this section is supplemental to and does not affect the validity of any other manner of service authorized by law.
5. As used in this section:
(a) “Facsimile machine” means a device that sends or receives a reproduction or facsimile of a document or photograph which is transmitted electronically or telephonically by telecommunications lines.
(b) “Person” includes, without limitation, a government, governmental agency or political subdivision of a government.
Last modified: February 25, 2006