Electronic Filing (E-Filing) Information

The San Francisco Superior Court expanded its mandatory e-filing program to include new complaints in general civil cases as well as new petitions and subsequent filings in Family Law Dissolution cases. The new service became effective January 4, 2021. Please see the news release issued 12/21/2020 on the Court's website.
 
The following cases are subject to mandatory electronic filing and service:
 
Initial Filings
  • General Civil Cases (excluding: Small Claims, Petitions, Complex Litigation, Asbestos, Probate, Appellate Division/Misdemeanor Appeals/Writs, Name/Gender Changes, Civil Harassment, and Unlawful Detainers)
  • Family Law Dissolution Cases

Subsequent Filings

  • Asbestos Cases
  • Complex Litigation Cases
  • DCSS Stip/orders
  • Ex Parte applications involving misdemeanor convictions
  • Family Law Dissolution Cases
  • General Civil (ALL)
  • Misdemeanor Appeals
  • Misdemeanor Writs
  • Probate Trusts and Decedant's Estates 
  • Single Assignment Cases
  • Unlawful Detainers
 
As of December 8, 2014, the Superior Court of California County of San Francisco required mandatory electronic filing and service pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6,  California Rules of Court 2.253(b)(2) and San Francisco Superior Court Local Rule 2.11. On May 15, 2018, the San Francisco Superior Court eliminated the Court-run e-filing portal to e-file documents with the Court. Effective July 1, 2020 subsequent filings for Unlawful Detainers are required to be filed electronically. On January 4, 2021 the San Francisco Superior Court expanded mandatory electronic filing to include new complaints in general civil cases as well family law dissolution cases. 
 
Pursuant to California Rules of Court 2.253(b)(4) , represented parties may apply to be excused from filling and serving documents electronically, if it is shown to cause undue hardship or significant prejudice. In each case a represented party must file an Ex Parte Application for relief from the requirements of mandatory e-filing to be heard in department 206, or in the Court of the assigned judge (refer to San Francisco Superior Court Local rules for times and dates of ex parte hearings). The applicant must give notice of the ex parte application to all other parties in the case, and must be present at the hearing. The application must be accompanied with a declaration signed under penalty of perjury specifying the undue hardship, or significant prejudice of filing and serving documents electronically, and proposed order. The applicant must notify all other parties of the Courts' ruling. If the application is granted, the represented party may file and serve documents conventionally.
 
The Court has 19 E-Filing vendors that may be used for future e-filing. Please see a comprehensive list of court approved e-filing vendors.
 
For additional information, please refer to E-FILING SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS and E-FILING FAQs.   
 
If you have a Court related e-filing inquiry please contact the E-filing Hotline at (415) 551-3824, or send an email to: 
 
CIVIL FILINGS: [email protected] 
FAMILY LAW FILINGS:  [email protected] 
 

E-FILING FOR CIVIL

E-FILING FOR PROBATE TRUST & ESTATE 

LIST OF COURT APPROVED ELECTRONIC FILING SERVICE PROVIDERS

DOCUMENTS, PARTIES/INDIVIDUALS AND CASES EXCLUDED

PROCEDURES FOR REPRESENTED PARTIES TO BE EXCUSED FROM MANDATORY E-FILING

E-FILING SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

E-FILING FREQUENTlY ASKED QUESTIONS