I. Use. The use of computer generated forms is hereby permitted, except where the Court blank is a multi-part form, such as wage assignments, Chapter 209A family abuse forms, cassette copy requests forms, etc. Registers may reject any forms which fail to comply with these standards. In the event that a Register deems a submitted form to be outside these standards, such determination will be reviewed by the Administrative office at the request of Counsel.
A. Paper. Twenty pound, alkaline paper shall be used for all computer generated forms. Alkaline paper is specified to ensure archival quality and permanence.
B. Printing. All computer generated forms shall be printed with "letter quality" or "near letter quality" output. "Draft" quality output from a nine pin dot matrix printer is not acceptable.
C. Paper Size. With any pin feeds removed the dimensions of the paper used to print the computer generated forms shall be the same as those of the official form.
D. Paper and Ink Color. A computer generated form shall be printed on the same color paper with the same color ink as the official form.
E. Pagination and Punching. The computer generated form shall be printed on both sides of a single sheet of paper where the official form is so printed to insure that the computer generated form has the same page arrangement as the official form. The computer generated form shall duplicate any hole punching that is on the official form.
F. Page Content. Each page of the computer generated form shall contain the same information grouped in the same subsections listed in the same order with the same numerical headings as each page of the official form.
G. Page Format. The computer generated form shall approximately match the spacing, centering, indentation, margin width and print size of the official form so that the computer generated form reproduces as closely as possible the appearance of the official form.
H. Entries. On the computer generated form the entries of information by the party submitting the form shall be highlighted by either underlining the information entered or by printing it in boldface letters. The computer generated form shall provide blank line for the entry of information by the court where such lines are provided on the official form.
I. Identification of the Computer Generated Form. A computer generated form shall bear the initials "c.g.f." in its lower right hand corner to signify that it is a computer generated form.
The Probate and Family Court Department reserves the right to reject any computer generated form which does not meet the standards set forth above. It is the responsibility of the submitting party to insure that the form adheres to the above standards. A computer generated form which does not comply with the above standards may be rejected by the register, subject to appeal to the Administrative Office. If the form is rejected the submitting party shall forfeit the filing fee. The submitting party's attorney shall not be allowed to pass this cost on to his/her client, but shall bear the financial burden personally. Accordingly, the submitting party's attorney shall either reimburse the client for the forfeited fee or the attorney shall personally pay the filing fee when he/she re-files the form.