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California Court Electronic Filing of Documents Mandated by Some Courts

Due to California courts being hit by budget cuts, some California courts are attempting to handle the filing process more efficiently through the mandated implementation of  electronic filing (or e-filing). As a result, California court electronic filing services are becoming mainstream when filing documents with many courts.

Effective January 1, 2013, following amendments to Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.5 and 1010.6 which outline California courts electronic filing requirements, courts are able to accept documents for filing by electronic transmission. The statute defines “electronic transmission” as “the transmission of a document by electronic means to the electronic service address at or through which a party or other person has authorized electronic service.”

Growing Mandate for Electronic Filing of Court Documents

Although not all courts accept documents filed electronically, the California court electronic filing program is becoming more widespread and some counties, including San Diego and Orange County,  have gone so far as to actually mandate the filing of documents via electronic filing. In addition to utilizing e-filing, many courts also accept documents filed by fax.

California Court Electronic Filing Requirements

Information on how to e-file or fax file with a specific court can usually be found on the court’s website. It is important to understand that the rules and procedures for e-filing or fax filing can vary dramatically from court to court.  Filing documents electronically with the court is generally accomplished using an approved electronic service provider, who files court documents on your behalf. Courts that utilize e-filing typically can be more efficient in the processing of filed paperwork; and customers that use e-filing have the convenience of being able to avoid long lines at the courthouse.

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By |2018-01-18T15:48:10+00:00February 18th, 2014|California Courts, Miscellaneous|0 Comments

About the Author:

Sandra M. McCarthy, founder of A People’s Choice Inc., has worked exclusively in the legal field since 1976. She served as the 2004-2005 President of CALDA (California Association of Legal Document Assistants). She obtained a Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During her career in the legal field, she has worked as a freelance paralegal, law office manager and paralegal studies teacher, and has co-authored numerous legal publications and written hundreds of self-help legal articles. As a registered Legal Document Assistant, Sandy is dedicated to providing affordable, low-cost, self-help document preparation services for California consumers in all 58 counties.

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