Electronic Filing with the Court
Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure § 1010.6(g), documents filed by represented parties in all unlimited civil actions must be filed electronically unless the Court excuses parties from doing so. Although not required, self-represented parties are encouraged to participate in electronic filing and service. Parties may file documents electronically in all types of cases other than criminal or juvenile. No electronic filing is permitted for criminal or juvenile cases.
The electronic filing of documents must be effected using the Court’s electronic service providers. If a party with a fee waiver files documents electronically, that party is exempt from the fees and costs associated with the electronic filing. Confidential documents shall be designated as such by the filer during the electronic filing process via the confidential security option. For purposes of electronic filing of documents, pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 2.250(b)(10), the “close of business” is 5:00 p.m. Pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 2.259(c), a document that is received electronically by the Court after the close of business is deemed to have been filed on the next court day. This provision concerns only the method and effective date of filing; any document that is electronically filed must satisfy all other legal filing deadlines and requirements. This rule does not affect the timing requirements for any documents that must be filed by a set time on the due date. This rule is subject to the provisions set forth in Code of Civil Procedure § 1010.6 and California Rules of Court, Rules 2.250 thru 2.259.
The Court requests that electronic filing of documents be effected using a fully searchable .pdf file and include electronic bookmarks to each heading, subheading and component (including the table of contents, table of authorities, petition, verification, points and authorities, declaration, and proof of service if included within the petition), and to the first page of each exhibit or attachment, if any; that each bookmark to an exhibit or attachment include the letter or number of the exhibit or attachment and a description of the exhibit or attachment. The Court also requests that if exhibits or attachments are submitted in multi-part electronic files, each separate file have its own table or index of the contents of the file. The Court anticipates these requests will become mandatory at a future date.
Click Here to Access the eFileCA Website for Electronic Filing
Please be advised that e-filing is not available for confidential case types, which include the following: confidential name change, unlawful detainer (if within the first 60 days of the file date), developmentally disabled and dangerous, forfeiture of confiscated weapon, involuntary medication, mental health, Murphy LPS conservatorship, petition for consent to medical treatment, Riese hearing, relief of firearm prohibition, TB petition, temporary LPS conservatorship, writ of habeas corpus, adoption, appointment of confidential intermediary, family support, petition to declare minor free, petition to establish parental relationship, set aside declaration of paternity, surrogacy, termination of parental rights, and unseal birth records.
Click Here For An Instructional Video On How To Add Bookmarks To A PDF File
Click Here To View Tyler Technologies' PowerPoint Presentation On E-Filing -- Presented At The Fresno Superior Court On June 3, 2016
Please note that if you are experiencing a technical issue with the e-filing system, please contact the electronic filing service provider directly for assistance. If you have a question that pertains to the Court’s business processes, you may submit your question/inquiry to the appropriate department:
Family Law Department