General eFiling Procedural Information
The following are frequently asked questions regarding electronic filing of documents. You may read through the full list or click on one of the questions below to jump to the page.
The act of eFiling alone does not constitute consent to electronic service. Parties must provide either express or affirmative consent to electronic service. See California Rules of Court, Rule 2.251 for more information.
No. Documents that are electronically filed and accepted by the court are automatically uploaded to the court’s case management system. The electronic record is the official court record pursuant to Government Code Section 68150(a).
Filing parties may view submitted documents immediately through their EFSP’s portal. All other parties will be able to view a document after filing by the court. A document is not considered filed until it is accepted by the court. However, unlimited civil complaints will be available to the media upon submission, prior to review or acceptance by the court. Upon filing, all public documents are viewable on the court’s public portal.
Turnaround time will depend on the type of document filed. You should receive an immediate confirmation from your EFSP provider if the submission was successful and you will receive additional correspondence upon the filing or rejection of your document(s).
Any Notice of Rejection sent by the court will include the reason for the return of the document. If your document is rejected, correct the deficiency and resubmit the document.
In addition to failing to follow California Rules of Court rules 2.100 et seq. ,some common reasons a filing may be rejected by the Court include, but are not limited to:
- Documents are incorrectly submitted as a single or separate PDF, e.g. multiple documents are submitted as a single PDF document when they should be separate entries.
- Information entered in data fields is incorrect or does not match the document image e.g. the incorrect Filing Document Name is selected, case number does not match, and the party’s name and/or address does not match.
- Incorrect payment type is selected, e.g. fee waiver or government exemption.
- Incorrect case type, case category, or party type is selected.
- Incorrect court location is selected.
- Duplicate submission.
- Untimely submission, e.g. ex parte application submitted after filing deadline.
- Document(s) do not meet California Rules of Court or Local Rule guidelines.
When submitting motions with supporting documents, each document may be included in the same submission. However, all documents, including any proposed order, must be submitted as separate PDF document entries.
The proposed order marked “Received”, will be electronically transmitted back to the submitting party by the EFSP.
Once a proposed order is reviewed and signed by a judicial officer, the court will transmit the signed order back to the filer. If the filer has requested electronic service, the filed order will be returned via email to the email address provided to the court. If the filer has not requested electronic service, the signed order will be mailed to the address provided to the court.
No. The court will not electronically serve other parties on behalf of another party. Contact your EFSP for options.
The EFSP may provide the option to send a confirmation email to another email address other than what is indicated in your registered account. The confirmation email is not considered electronic service.
Requirements for courtesy copies vary by case type. Please refer to the eFiling FAQs specific to your case type or contact the clerk’s office for more information.
Yes. A Proof of Service must be filed pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 2.251(j)(1) - (3).
The filer may not establish a document’s security level. In other words, a document submitted as “confidential” by the filer will only become confidential pursuant to legal authority or if that determination is made by the court. For example, a limited civil unlawful detainer complaint would automatically be filed as a confidential document pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure Section 1161.2.
Please refer to the eFiling FAQs specific to your case type or contact the clerk’s office for more information.