Los Angeles eFiling Fees
On August 1st, 2018, the Los Angeles Superior Court will charge $1.75 per eFiling. This fee is established by the California Rules of Court, rule 2.253 and rule 2.506 (full rules below).
Please keep in mind that this charge does not include other associated costs with eFiling such as transaction fees, court document charges, or EFSP costs.
California Rules of Court
Rule 2.253. Permissive electronic filing, mandatory electronic filing, and electronic filing by court order
(a) Permissive electronic filing by local rule
A court may permit parties by local rule to file documents electronically in any types of cases, subject to the conditions in Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6 and the rules in this chapter.
(Subd (a) amended effective January 1, 2018; adopted effective July 1, 2013.)
(b) Mandatory electronic filing by local rule
A court may require parties by local rule to electronically file documents in civil actions directly with the court, or directly with the court and through one or more approved electronic filing service providers, or through more than one approved electronic filing service provider, subject to the conditions in Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6, the rules in this chapter, and the following conditions:
- The court must specify the types or categories of civil actions in which parties or other persons are required to file and serve documents electronically. The court may designate any of the following as eligible for mandatory electronic filing and service:
Self-represented parties or other self-represented persons are exempt from any mandatory electronic filing and service requirements adopted by courts under this rule and Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6.
In civil cases involving both represented and self-represented parties or other persons, represented parties or other persons may be required to file and serve documents electronically; however, in these cases, each self-represented party or other person is to file, serve, and be served with documents by non-electronic means unless the self-represented party or other person affirmatively agrees otherwise.
A party or other person that is required to file and serve documents electronically must be excused from the requirements if the party or other person shows undue hardship or significant prejudice. A court requiring the electronic filing and service of documents must have a process for parties or other persons, including represented parties or other represented persons, to apply for relief and a procedure for parties or other persons excused from filing documents electronically to file them by conventional means.
Any fees charged by the court or an electronic filing service provider shall be consistent with the fee provisions of Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6.
The effective date of filing any document received electronically is prescribed by Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6. This provision concerns only the effective date of filing. Any document that is received electronically must be processed and satisfy all other legal filing requirements to be filed as an official court record.
A court that adopts a mandatory electronic filing program under this subdivision must report semiannually to the Judicial Council on the operation and effectiveness of the court’s program.
- (A)All civil cases;
- (B)All civil cases of a specific category, such as unlimited or limited civil cases;
- (C)All civil cases of a specific case type, including but not limited to, contract, collections, personal injury, or employment;
- (D)All civil cases assigned to a judge for all purposes;
- (E)All civil cases assigned to a specific department, courtroom or courthouse;
- (F)Any class actions, consolidated actions, or group of actions, coordinated actions, or actions that are complex under rule 3.403; or
- (G)Any combination of the cases described in subparagraphs (A) to (F), inclusive.
(Subd (b) amended effective January 1, 2018; adopted effective July 1, 2013.)
(c) Electronic filing by court order
- If a court has adopted local rules for permissive electronic filing, then the court may, on the motion of any party or on its own motion, provided that the order would not cause undue hardship or significant prejudice to any party, order all parties in any class action, a consolidated action, a group of actions, a coordinated action, or an action that is complex under rule 3.403 to file all documents electronically.
- A court may combine an order for mandatory electronic filing with an order for mandatory electronic service as provided in rule 2.252(d).
- If the court proposes to make any order under (1) on its own motion, the court must mail notice to any parties that have not consented to receive electronic service. The court may electronically serve the notice on any party that has consented to receive electronic service. Any party may serve and file an opposition within 10 days after notice is mailed or electronically served or such later time as the court may specify.
- If the court has previously ordered parties in a case to electronically file documents and a new party is added that the court determines should also be ordered to do so under (1), the court may follow the notice procedures under (2) or may order the party to electronically file documents and in its order state that the new party may object within 10 days after service of the order or by such later time as the court may specify.
- The court’s order may also provide that:
- (A)Documents previously filed in paper form may be resubmitted in electronic form; and
- (B)When the court sends confirmation of filing to all parties, receipt of the confirmation constitutes service of the filing if the filed document is available electronically.
(Subd (c) amended effective January 1, 2018; adopted as subd (a) and part of subd (b); previously amended and relettered as subd (c) effective July 1, 2013; previously amended effective January 1, 2007, January 1, 2008, and January 1, 2011.)
Rule 2.253 amended effective January 1, 2018; adopted as rule 2053 effective January 1, 2003; previously amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2007; previously amended effective January 1, 2008, January 1, 2011, and July 1, 2013.
Rule 2.506. Fees for electronic access
(a) Court may impose fees
The court may impose fees for the costs of providing public access to its electronic records, under Government Code section 68150(l). On request, the court must provide the public with a statement of the costs on which these fees are based.
(Subd (a) amended effective July 1, 2013; adopted as part of unlettered subd effective July 1, 2002; previously amended and lettered effective January 1, 2007.)
(b) Fees of vendor must be reasonable
To the extent that public access to a court’s electronic records is provided exclusively through a vendor, the court must ensure that any fees the vendor imposes for the costs of providing access are reasonable.
(Subd (b) lettered effective January 1, 2007; adopted as part of unlettered subd effective July 1, 2002.)
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