CA Court eFiling Requirements – Part Three

This is the 3rd and final post in our 3 part series created to answer the question, “What CA courts are moving to eFiling and when?”

Here in Part Three, we bring you the current state of eFiling in San Diego County Superior Court, Alameda County Superior Court and two other honorable mentions: Sacramento and Stanislaus Counties.

San Diego County Superior Court

March 4, 2013: eFiling opened up in San Diego’s Central Division.

June 30, 2014: eFiling opened up in San Diego’s North County Division.


San Diego Superior Court requires the following actions to be eFiled:

    • Provisionally Complex (Antitrust, Construction Defect, Mass Tort, Environmental/Toxic Tort and Securities Litigation Cases)

A couple of caveats exist:

Self-represented litigants are not required to eFile or electronically serve documents in a mandatory eFile case. If they choose to do so, however, they may eFile and electronically serve documents; or they may otherwise be ordered to eFile and/or electronically serve documents by the Court.

A party may, in writing and by ex-parte application, request an exemption, which can only by granted by Court Order. This request must be made to the judge or department to which the case is assigned.

For mandated eFiling cases, San Diego Superior Court has designated One Legal as the court-approved eFiler. For all other cases, Rapid Legal can assist you.

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Take Note! The following filings or case types are NOT ELIGIBLE for eFiling, and must be filed in paper form:

  • Name Change (Safe at Home) Petitions
  • Civil Harassment TRO/RO
  • Workplace Violence TRO/RO
  • Elder Abuse TRO/RO
  • Transitional Housing Program Misconduct TRO/RO
  • School Violence Prevention TRO/RO
  • Out-of-State Commission Subpoenas
  • Undertaking/Surety Bonds
  • Requests for Payment of Trust Funds
  • Writs, Abstracts, or Warrants to be issued
  • Notice of Appeal of Labor Commissioner
  • Settlement Conference Briefs (to be lodged)
  • Confidential documents lodged conditionally under seal Interpleader actions pursuant to CC2924j

Okay, so maybe you’re still not sure which documents need to be eFiled in San Diego? Feel free to give our team a call at 800.366.5445!

You can also view the Court’s FAQs here.

What’s next for San Diego?

The Court is striving to do more to build out its technology and infrastructure to support e-Filing for all Civil Actions. We’ll keep you posted with new developments as they arise.

Alameda County Superior Court

Alameda Court is preparing for the launch of a new Case Management System for juvenile, criminal, family, civil and probate case types. Juvenile and criminal case types are expected to launch in December 2015, with the remaining to go live December, 2016. The Court intends to implement e-filing concurrently.

How about other Counties in California, you may be asking?

While they are not expected to go to full-fledged eFiling right away, there are two other Counties which show some indication of moving in that direction:

Sacramento County Superior Court

Sacramento County has allowed eFiling for Unlawful Detainers (UDs) and Small Claims for several years now. They have made no other provisions, though, as of this writing. Rapid Legal continues to monitor Sacramento for further developments in e-Filing.

Stanislaus County Superior Court

It is projected that by 2016, Stanislaus will look to roll out eFiling.

Rapid Legal will continue to stay in contact with the Courts. Our aim is to continue providing eFiling to our customers to the fullest extent possible, and as each court makes eFiling available.