As foreshadowed earlier in a post about a recent Delaware Supreme Court Order whose purpose was to promote a better work-life balance for lawyers and their staff, the Court of Chancery recently amended its Rule 79.2 to require most filings to be made by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time in non-expedited cases. This does not apply to initial filings or notices of appeal. In expedited cases, filings must be submitted by midnight Eastern Time, on the due date. (This may be a minor challenge for the many attorneys on the West Coast for whom we serve as local counsel.)
The Delaware Supreme Court has implemented a similar rule change. These rule changes will require more coordination between Delaware counsel and their co-counsel in other time-zones. Nonetheless, striving to reach the elusive goal of work-life balance is a laudable endeavor.