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Los Angeles eFiling Guide

As Los Angeles expands its electronic filing (eFiling) initiative, it is important to acknowledge the nuances and the processes inherit with each case type, but also general eFiling rules. Our Los Angeles eFiling guide is a starting point to get your eFiling completed accurately so that your paperwork is approved!

LA Civil eFiling Help Guide

General eFiling Definitions

eFiling: Electronically submitting your documents to the court system.

EFSP: Electronic filing service provider such as CourtFiling.net. These providers connect the filer to the court system and allows them to electronically submit their court documents.

Envelope: The group of documents filed in one eFiling submittal (transaction) for a single case number.

Transaction: One single eFiling submission, whether that include one document or a group of documents (envelope).

Bookmarking exhibits: Properly marking your PDF documents to highlight important information in said document.

Getting Started

Sign up with CourtFiling.net and create an account. You will need to input account information such as your payment method to get started. If you already have login credentials for another electronic filing service provider (EFSP) then you will be able to log into CourtFiling.net’s platform with the same information. Once your account is set up, you can choose to eFile on an existing case or initiate a new case filing.

Currently, if you are a self-represented litigant, you able to eFile your document, but are not mandated to do so. However, eFiling may be easiest as you can file from your own personal computer. However, lawyers and those represented by lawyers must eFile.

Documents

If scanning documents to submit, the Los Angeles Superior Court recommends 300 DPI (dots per inch) resolution. Otherwise, a text-searchable PDF is the required document format. CourtFiling.net’s system can automatically convert documents to PDF’s for you!

Confidentiality

You can file confidential documents, but those documents are determined confidential by the court. Otherwise, sensitive personal information (such as social security numbers) should be removed or redacted from submitted documents.

Signatures

If including a signature from an opposing party, the original document must be scanned to be submitted with said signature. However, if documents require the filer’s signature, they may use “/s + name” to note their electronic signature on documents.

Documents Exempt from eFiling

  • Peremptory challenges or challenges for cause of a judicial officer
  • Bonds/undertaking documents
  • Trial and hearing exhibits

You can file these documents exempt from eFiling by mailing or submitting them directly to the Clerk’s Office of the Civil Division. Visit lacourt.org for location and hours.

Printed Courtesy Copies

Printed courtesy copies (with proof of electronic submission) are required for:

  • Documents that are eFiled within two days of the hearing date
  • Any printed document required pursuant to a Standing or General Order
  • Pleadings and motions (including attachments such as declarations and exhibits) of 26 pages or more
  • Pleadings and motions that include points and authorities
  • Demurrers
  • Anti-SLAPP filings, pursuant to Code Civ. Proc., § 425.16
  • Motions for Summary Judgment/Adjudication
  • Motions to Compel Further Discovery

Cost

eFiling costs differ according to the type of paperwork and case you are filing. For probate eFiling in Los Angeles, the court charges $1.75 per envelope (the bundled document package) but there are also additional court costs according to the type of forms. EFSP’s charge a separate fee to ensure that their services are supported. If you have concerns about paying the court fees for eFiling or are a court appointed attorney, look into completing a fee waiver. The fee waiver and initial court documents can be filed together.

Motions and Hearings

Scheduling motions and hearings must still be completed by contacting the applicable courthouse and courtroom for available dates. Petitions are automatically scheduled within their given timeframe.

If you cannot attend a hearing date, then you can request an extension. Contact the court for more details.

To schedule a motion for Los Angeles non-Complex Unlimited Civil, Limited Civil Collections and non-Collections cases, use the LA County website Court Reservation System.

E-service (Service of Process)

In CourtFiling.net, you can send a confirmation email about your paperwork being submitted. However, that confirmation email does not substitute official process service. Instead, CourtFiling.net provides a service to hire a professional process server to serve your documents in order to officially notify the right parties of their involvement in the court proceeding.

Keep in mind, by electronically submitting your documents, you consent to receive electronic service of process yourself under California Rules of Court, Rule 2.251(b)(1)(B).

Submittal, Processing Time, and File Stamps

You can electronically submit paperwork at any time. However, you must submit your documents before 11:59 pm on a specific date for it to be considered submitted on that same date. Many professional eFilers recommend submitting paperwork by 11:45pm to ensure that there no unforeseen internet connection errors. Any submittals after midnight are considered submitted on the following business day. This is extremely important to note with filing deadlines.

While it may differ, the court typically processes paperwork within 24 hours of submittal. Please take regular business days and holiday into consideration when eFiling. Your paperwork is officially filed and available for the opposing party to view once it is accepted by the county clerk. If your documents are rejected, they are not officially filed.

File stamps on processed and accepted eFiled documents is located on the top of the first page of a document.

Rejected Filings

There are many reasons that your paperwork may be rejected by the court. Here are some reason supplied by the Los Angeles Superior Court:

  • Multiple filing documents are submitted as a single filing code (for example, the cover sheet should be a separate PDF)
  • Incorrect filing code is selected
  • Incorrect court location selected
  • Incorrect case type selected
  • Incorrect payment account option selected (i.e., fee waiver)
  • Party’s name does not match the party’s name listed on the document for initial documents
  • Party’s address does match the party’s address listed on the document for initial documents
  • Missing required documents or information

Probate eFiling

Probate efiling in the Los Angeles Superior Court is available now.

A probate case involves managing the estate of a deceased individual and dispersing inheritance in accordance with a will. You can file your probate paperwork into the Los Angeles court system through an electronic filing service provider (EFSP) such as CourtFiling.net.

Exceptions to eFiling

If you are an attorney filing paperwork in a probate case, you must electronically submit your documents. However, there are a few exceptions to that rule. You may physically file your paperwork at the Clerk’s Office of the Probate Division between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m or by mail if:

  • Your documents are:
    • Peremptory challenges or challenges for cause of a judicial officer
    • Testamentary instruments (wills and codicils), letters, original trust documents, bond/undertaking documents
    • Trial and hearing exhibits
    • Documents filed in civil cases that are related for handling in the probate division
    • Lodged documents
    • Pace forms for Appointment or Reimbursement
  • You are a self-represented (pro se) litigant

Learn more about eFiling probate cases in Los Angeles.

Probate eFiling Document Types and Fees.


Limited Civil eFiling

Voluntary eFiling will begin on November 13th, 2018.

Mandatory eFiling will begin on December 3rd, 2018.


Complex Civil eFiling

Voluntary eFiling will begin on December 3rd, 2018.

Mandatory eFiling will begin on January 2nd, 2019.


Unlimited Civil eFiling

Voluntary eFiling will begin December 3rd, 2018.

Mandatory eFiling will begin on January 2nd, 2019.


Unlimited Civil – Non Complex eFiling

Mandatory eFiling will begin on January 2nd, 2019.


Family Law

Voluntary eFiling will begin in December 2018.

Mandatory eFiling will begin in January 2019.


References

Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles Civil efiling Frequently Asked Questions

Los Angeles Superior Court Probate Efiling FAQs

Los Angeles eFile Small Claims Overview

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