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Rule 4-403.? ElectronicSignature and Signature Stamp Use.


To establisha uniform procedure for the use of judges' and commissioners' electronicsignatures and signature stamps.


This ruleshall apply to all trial courts of record and not of record.

Statement of the Rule:

(1)       Aclerk may, with the prior approval of the judge or commissioner, use anelectronic signature or signature stamp in lieu of obtaining the judge's orcommissioner's signature on the following:

(1)(A)       bailbonds from approved bondsmen;

(1)(B)       benchwarrants;

(1)(C)       civilorders for dismissal when submitted by the plaintiff in uncontested cases orwhen stipulated by both parties in contested cases;

(1)(D)       civilorders for dismissal pursuant to Rule 4-103, URCP 3 and URCP 4(b);

(1)(E)       ordersto show cause;

(1)(F)       ordersto take into custody;

(1)(G)      summons;

(1)(H)       supplementalprocedure orders;

(1)(I)        orders setting dates for hearing and for notice;

(1)(J)       orders on motions requesting the Department ofWorkforce Services (DWS) to release information concerning a debtor, whereneither DWS nor the debtor opposes the motion;

(1)(K)       ordersfor transportation of a person in custody to a court hearing; and

(1)(L)       orders appointing acourt visitor.

(2)       Whena clerk is authorized to use a judge?s or commissioner?s electronic signatureor signature stamp as provided in paragraph (1), the clerk shall sign his orher name on the document directly beneath the electronic signature or stampedimprint of the judge's or commissioner's signature.

(3)       Allother documents requiring the judge's or commissioner's signature shall bepersonally signed by the judge or commissioner, unless the judge orcommissioner, on a document by document basis, authorizes the clerk to use the judge's or commissioner's electronic signature or signaturestamp in lieu of the judge's or commissioner's signature. On such documents,the clerk shall indicate in writing that the electronic signature or signaturestamp was used at the direction of the judge or commissioner and shall sign hisor her name directly beneath the electronic signature or stamped imprint of thejudge's or commissioner's signature.

Effective November 1, 2018