What is e-Filing?
E-filing is an abbreviation of electronic filing. E-filing allows filers to submit documents to the court for filing 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Am I required to e-File?
Pursuant to Local Rules 18.22 et seq. effective January 1, 2020: “Subject to the exceptions in Local Rule 18.23, all represented parties, and other represented persons, are required to electronically file documents…for the following Case Types/Categories: 1. All Civil Matters; 2. All Probate Matters; 3. All Family Law Matters (including Department of Child Support Services matters).” Note that “Self-represented parties, or other self-represented persons, are exempt from mandatory electronic filing requirements….” Note that fees associated with e-filing are waived for individuals who have a demonstrated inability to pay court fees.
Electronically filed documents can be submitted until 11:59 pm on the day that the filing is due, and will be considered timely pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6 subdivision (d)(1)(D), except that if same day service of a document is required, the document shall be filed by 5 p.m. on the court date that the filing is due. A document is deemed “filed” on the date and time the court receives it, and the confirmation of receipt is created. See Cal. Rules of Court, rule 2.259(a)(1). Any electronically filed document received by the Court after 11:59 pm will receive a file date of the next court day.
How can I e-File?
If you are representing yourself, you can also use Guide & File to assist you with preparing forms electronically and filing for Divorce & Family Law, Eviction/Unlawful Detainer, Small Claims, Restraining Orders, and Guardianship.