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e-File

Electronic Filing

How to e-File

e-Filing for all civil (complex, unlimited, and limited), probate and family law cases became mandatory on July 1, 2017. Small claims cases are exempt and criminal cases are optional.

Find eFiling service providers

For more information on how to start e-Filing, go to the FAQs page.

To start e-Filing, you must select your service provider. An electronic filing service provider (EFSP) provides an online service to help you file your documents and acts as the intermediary between you and the Court's Case Management System. Each EFSP offers a variety of additional services, and you should evaluate which provider meets your filing needs. Once you pick the EFSP you would like to use for electronic filing, you will be able to go through their tutorial on how to do electronic filing.

The Court has published local rules regarding electronic filing.

Document Standards

Documents should be submitted in searchable PDF format, and searchable PDF/A is preferable. PDF/A is a format which excludes those PDF features that give rise to concerns about the ability to archive documents. Newer scanners allow users to directly create a PDF/A. Users with older scanners can use a conversion tool (such as Acrobat 9) to convert scanned documents to PDF/A.

Please include the hearing date in the filing description box along with a complete description of the document being filed/document served.

Example:

"HRG 05/01/18 Opposition…or HRG 04/17/18 Proof of Service of…”

Proposed Orders

If a proposed order is submitted to the court electronically in a case in which the parties are electronically filing documents, the parties must comply with the requirements of California Rules of Court, Rule 3.1312(c).

Editable versions of proposed orders, as required by Rule 3.1312(c), shall be sent to: efile@suttercourts.com.

The Court will continue to accept the following documents in hard copy form:

  • Bench warrants;
  • Deposits of cash or check except for jury fee deposits; Labor Commissioner deposits of cash or check;
  • Trial exhibits;
  • Bonds;
  • Undertakings;
  • Letters issued by the Probate Court;
  • Wills/Codicils;
  • Sealed documents;
  • Financial institute documents, care facility documents, or escrow documents as defined under Probate Code Section 2620; and
  • California state vital records forms.

Signatures

California Rule of Court, Rule 2.257 outlines requirements for signatures on documents submitted electronically to the court. Digital signatures are not required. If you choose to utilize digital signatures, contact your electronic filing service provider for reference materials.

Questions

For technical support, contact your electronic filing service provider.

For case-specific questions, contact: (530) 822-3300.

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