Civil e-Filing FAQ

Effective June 2, 2014, mandatory electronic filing through the court's e-File Service Provider, One Legal, are required for all Construction Defect Cases, including those previously filed through File&Serve Xpress (formerly known as LexisNexis File&Serve). As of  May 30, 2014, no documents can be filed through File&Serve Xpress.

Do not enter Does and Roes as parties. You are only required to enter parties that have been named in the case.

Yes. You need to enter the party exactly as it appears on the Complaint.

Enter the Alternate Name by selecting the appropriate name from the drop down menu. The only exception is adding an individual as the party with a DBA, as the Organization Name field will not display.

Yes. You may enter either your attorney's email address or your email address, depending upon who you would like the court to contact regarding your filing.

Yes, e-Filing is available and encouraged by the Court.

The e-Filing system converts all standard document types (Word, WordPerfect, Corel, Lotus, TIF, JPEG, for example) into PDF upon upload. The Court requires that users bookmark documents with exhibits. This can be done with Adobe Acrobat or similar applications.

The signature requirements depend on whether a document must be signed under penalty of perjury and/or requires the signature solely of the e-Filer or the e-Filer and another party (i.e. a stipulation.) Please see Code of Civil Procedure 1010.6, subdivision (b)(2) and Cal. Rules of Court 2.257 for information on signature requirements.

There is a 35 MB limit per document when uploading to the system. There is a 60 MB limit to the total files uploaded per order.

Your e-Filing service provider will provide you with an email confirming receipt of your submission along with a transaction identification number for tracking purposes.

As of April 15, 2021, filings submitted by attorneys for represented parties in all limited and unlimited civil case types and probate actions must be submitted electronically through one of the court’s approved e-Filing service providers (“EFSPs”), with exceptions for certain documents. Self-represented litigants are encouraged, but not required, to e-File in these case types.

If a hearing is set within 48 hours of documents filed, the litigant is to provide hard copies of documents in court with the e-Filing Transaction ID noted in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of the document.

  • If a hearing is set within 48 hours of documents filed, the litigant is to provide hard copies of documents in court with the e-Filing Transaction ID noted in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of the document.
  • Exhibits to be considered via a Notice of Lodgment shall not be attached to the electronically filed Notice of Lodgment; instead, the submitting party must provide the assigned department with hard copies of the exhibits with a copy of the Notice of Lodgment that includes the e-Filing Transaction ID# noted in the upper right hand corner.
  • For Construction Defect cases assigned to D74, refer to the department's Policies & Procedures on the court's website for further details regarding courtesy copies.

No. Any documents filed in open court must be e-Filed afterward.

No. All documents should be filed as stand-alone documents unless filing a Motion. If filing a notice of motion, all documents can be scanned and filed as one document under a filing that most closely captures the type of motion. Please bookmark all filings and exhibits within these filings.

The following filings and/or case types are NOT ELIGIBLE for e-Filing:

  • Civil Harassment Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)/Restraining Order (RO).
  • Confidential documents lodged conditionally under seal.
  • Defendant/Respondent Information for Order Appointing Attorney Under Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA).
  • Elder Abuse TRO/RO.
  • Interpleader actions pursuant to Code Civ. Proc. § 2924j.
  • Notice of Appeal of Labor Commissioner.
  • Out-of-State Commission Subpoenas.
  • Private Postsecondary School Violence Prevention TRO/RO.
  • Safe at Home Name Change Petitions.
  • Settlement Conference Briefs (to be lodged only).
  • Stand-alone exhibits.
  • Subpoenaed documents.
  • Transitional Housing Program Misconduct TRO/RO.
  • Trial exhibits.
  • Undertaking/Surety Bonds.
  • Warrants.
  • Workplace Violence TRO/RO.

No. Punctuation should not be included as part of a party's name. The court will delete any commas, periods, etc., which adds processing time to each transaction.

Cases with the word [IMAGED] in the case title filed before 2012 may not have the entire case contents imaged and/or available on the court’s public Register of Actions (ROA). To verify whether a case is imaged and available on the court’s public ROA, please contact the court branch where the case is currently housed.

Contact your e-Filing service provider for updates.

Notices generated by the Court's case management system are mailed via US Mail rather than electronically served to all parties.

When a stipulation is submitted to the Court, staff will review the document to ensure all parties who are stipulating have paid first paper fees. If first paper fees are due, the fee(s) will be collected from the party submitting the document. If first paper fees are not due, the standard stipulation and order fee will be charged.

If the stipulation is submitted via paper and the proper fees are not provided, the filing will be rejected. If the submitting party files the stipulation via e-File, the appropriate fees will be assessed, and it is up to the submitting party to obtain reimbursement of fees from opposing counsel or party(ies).

Please refer to your e-Filing Provider’s (EFSPs) website for guidance on how to properly redact PDFs.

Improperly redacting PDFs may place you or your client(s) at risk of releasing sensitive case information. To maintain confidentiality and ensure all redactions are appropriately applied, it is imperative that you remove metadata. Metadata is hidden information embedded within a document that, with a few clicks, may reveal a document’s revision history, earlier drafts, information about the document author, file name, file path, date of creation, and so on. This information is still available and accessible, even if the document was converted to a PDF. It is your responsibility to learn more about metadata and how to remove it properly.