Before you eFile your legal court documents in Riverside County, California, be sure to read our eFiling guide to correctly submit your paperwork for approval by the county clerk. Keep in mind that this guide is a starting point and cases and submissions vary by case type and other factors.
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 submission (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.
Portable Document Format: a digital documents that maintains all colors, graphics, formatting as the original document.
Filing Document Name: the type of filing that an EFSP uses to designate said document on submitting to determine fees and court workflow. Examples include an answer, demurrer, motion, among others.
Lead Document: the single most important document in a multiple-document submission. The lead document is the main point of the filing, e.g., while filing a motion with a supporting declaration and proof of service, the motion is the lead document. The lead documents affects the court’s process priority, timeframe, location, and reviewing personnel.
Transaction Number: the eFiling confirmation number from the court (may be referenced differently across EFSPs). This number allows you to location your eFiling submission through your EFSP as well as the court system.
Hyperlink: link providing direct access from one marked place in a hypertext or hypermedia documents to another in the same or different document.
Portable Document Format: digital document format preserving fonts, formatting, colors, graphics of the original document.
Sign up with CourtFiling.net and create an account. You will need to input account information such as your payment method to get started. Your login credentials for another electronic filing service provider (EFSP) will work with CourtFiling.net’s platform, no need to create another account! Once your account is set up, you can choose to eFile on an existing case or initiate a new case filing.
Please keep in mind that pro se’s (self-represented litigants) do have to eFile per California Rules of Court rule 2.253(b). eFiling is often the fastest, safest, and easiest way to submit your legal paperwork to the county clerk for approval. Lawyers and those represented by lawyers must eFile as well.
All documents submitted must be non-editable, text-searchable PDFs. Do not password protect the documents. If scanning a document, the recommended quality is 300 DPI (dots per inch).
Unless color is necessary for the document’s content, scan/upload the document in black and white.
Each document must include the filing party and/or attorney’s email address in the document’s caption.
The court has no file size limitation for eFiling.
The submitting party is responsible for properly redacting confidential information to keep said information out of the public realm, per rule 1.201 of California Rules of Court.
If an eFiler submits a documents as confidential, the document will be officially confidential if determined by the court or pursuant to a legal authority.
Some documents, such as a limited civil unlawful detainer complaint, are automatically filed as confidential documents.
Motions or applications to file certain documents under seal must themselves be eFiled. However, the documents that are under seal must be provided directly to the clerk’s office, in-person.
If a documents necessitates a signature, the signer can sign the printed document before the document is eFiled (can upload signed document through scanning). This original, printed and signed document must be kept by the attorney or filer and be available for review at the request of the Court. While you can scan the document with the original signature for eFiling, an electronic signature is also permitted.
An electronic signature is allowed as long it meets the requirements under the California Rules of Court 2.257(b)(1) and Code of Civil Procedure Section 1010.6.
If you cannot find the filing document name, please contact the Riverside Court to access their eFiling Document Finder.
If the eFiling Document Finder is not successful, select the document name that describes your filing and paperwork best and check that the filing fees are correct. However, keep in mind that it may not be successful because the document may not be eligible for eFiling.
Each document that accompanies a single pleading must be eFiled in a separate PDF document.
Multiple documents relating to one case can be filed at the same time in one envelope transaction. However, writs and abstracts must be eFiled in a separate envelope.
The below must be bookmarked and include links to the first page of each bookmarked items with titles and brief descriptions:
Submitted and approved documents are viewable by the case’s parties through an EFSP portal. The one exception is filings in unlimited civil complaints, where other case parties can view eFiling submissions before they are reviewed and approved by the court clerk.
To consider a document filed on a specific date, you must submit the document between 12:00am and 11:59:59pm of the same date. If a document is filed on a non-court date, it will be considered filed on the next working court day. Please keep in mind the CourtFiling.net recommends submitting documents before 11:45pm to avoid any internet connection delays and ensure that the transaction goes through and is properly delivered to the court’s electronic system.
Processing times for approval or rejection of eFiling submissions is completely dependent on the court. This also depends on the type and size of the filed paperwork. Once approved, you will be notified through CourtFiling.net or your EFSP.
If your paperwork is rejected, please thoroughly review the reason for the rejection as provided by the court. Resubmit the document once the errors are corrected.
The court collects a fee of $1.85 per transmission among other fees for different types of documents. Additionally, EFSP’s have their own individual fees and there may be a credit card transaction fee.
You may request a court filing fee exemption through Government Code Section 6103. Please keep in mind that this exemption is only for court fees, and not for EFSP, service, or convenience fees.
If you are filing an initiating complaint or petition, you may also file a fee waiver application at the same time. Please include the Request to Waive Court Fees FW-001 and if approved, the Order of Court Fee Waiver FW-003 will be made by the court.
The below documents should not be eFiled and will be rejected if they are submitted electronically.
Submitting your legal documents through eFiling does not automatically consent you to receive process service electronically (eService). Instead, parties must approve of eService per California Rules of Court, Rule 2.251.
The court will not electronically serve other case parties on your behalf. Consider hiring a process server through ServeNow or contacting CourtFiling.net for more options.
If you eServe documents, a Proof of Service must also be filed per California Rules of Court 2.251(j)(1) – (3).
Courtesy copies are printed copies of the filed paperwork that the filing party provides to the correct courtroom. Per order the 2021-2022 General Order, any document eFiled two or fewer days before the hearing, the courtesy copy should be delivered to the courtroom before 4:30pm the same day as the document is eFiled. If the document is eFiled after 4:30pm, the courtesy copy must be delivered before 10:00am the following business day.
A Court Reservation System (CRS) is used for civil law and motions for the court. Review what motions the Court Reservation System accepts.
A motion that includes supporting documents can be submitted together, but on separate PDF document entries. Please include the CRS Reservation ID on the motion face/first page if you have a reservation through the CRS.
Once a judicial officer signs a proposed order, the court will send the signed order back to the filing party.
Your proposed orders that are marked as “Received” are automatically electronically transmitted back to the filing party.
Ex parte documents must be eFiled before 10:00am the court day before the hearing.
Ex parte written oppositions must be eFiled before 8:30am the day of the hearing.
Printed courtesy copies of ex parte oppositions must be provided to the court the day of the ex parte hearing.
Family law, probate, criminal and juvenile cases are still using the court eFiling solution: eSubmit. Until further notice, please use this portal to submit your documents to the court.
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