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February 18, 2015
The California Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District, located in Fresno, is accepting applications for Judicial Secretary/Judicial Assistant.  The level of appointment and starting salary will be commensurate with experience.


Mandatory Electronic Filing

Effective Tuesday, February 17, 2015, all filings in a civil appeal or original proceeding submitted to the Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District (5th DCA) must be filed electronically (e-Filed) through the Court's electronic filing system, TrueFiling. The TrueFiling system was developed in partnership with the vendor ImageSoft, Inc. The e-Filing system will allow electronic transmission of all civil documents to the court on a 24-hour basis.

Registration for e-Filing will be available starting February 10, 2015 at https://www.truefiling.com. All those submitting civil filings are invited to register beginning February 10. Please remember that you will be unable to file any documents electronically until February 17, 2015 and then only in civil appeals and original proceedings.

Approximately 30 days thereafter, all filings in criminal and juvenile appeals and original proceedings must be e-Filed in the 5th DCA pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 8.70.

Self-represented parties may register for electronic filing through TrueFiling but are not required to do so. If a self-represented party elects not to use TrueFiling, any brief that is filed in paper form must continue to comply with California Rules of Court, rules 8.40, 8.204 and 8.212.

See Amended Local Rule 8

  • Effective February 17, 2015, mandatory e-Filing in civil appeals and original proceedings
  • Planned effective date of March 16, 2015, for mandatory e-Filing of criminal and juvenile appeals and original proceedings

In anticipation of mandatory e-Filing, the 5th DCA offered free training sessions to the legal community on December 4, 2014. View the training recording. (Note: the link may require the installation of a WebEx plug-in to open.)

For trouble-shooting registration problems go to:   http://www.imagesoftinc.com/support.html

TrueFiling phone support is (855) 959-8868, hours of operation Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 6:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time

TrueFiling Training Videos
TrueFiling provides a training video library covering twenty short topic segments for ready referenceThe videos will help an end-user become more familiar with TrueFiling functionality and usage. A wide range of topics are covered, from logging in to searching, to filing, and contacting the court.  The following are quick links to some of the topics:

  • Enrolling in TrueFiling  This video will walk you through the process of enrolling your firm in TrueFiling.
  • Accepting an Invitation  After the TrueFiling administrator for your firm invites you to become a part of the firm on TrueFiling, this video will walk you through the remaining steps of getting signed up.
  • Logging In This video walks through the steps of logging in to TrueFiling.
  • Nuts & Bolts of FilingThis video explores the filing process from start to finish and covers a few pitfalls to avoid.
  • Attachments If the primary document you submitted in a filing for a case did not contain all of the information (it was the first page in a multi-page document), you can utilize attachments as they are outlined in this video to include the extra pages.
  • Check the Status Of A Filing This video details the process for checking on the status of each of your filings.
  • Official Filed Copies Of Documents An official file-stamped version of the document on file will be made available for you to download, as explained in this video.
  • Payment Receipts TrueFiling bills each filing transaction separately. To see the breakdown of how a filing was charged by TrueFiling, follow the steps outlined in this video. 

Case Information

The California Appellate Courts Case Information System provides case information for California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal cases. Case information is updated once an hour throughout the business day.

About Us

The 5th District is located in Fresno.  Its jurisdiction is over the following counties: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne. The Court has 10 justices and is not divided into divisions.  READ MORE >>

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e-Filing Training - Webex Format

View the 5th District e-Filing Training

Note: the link may require installation of a WebEx plug-in to open.

Contact Info

Fifth District Court of Appeal
2424 Ventura Street
Fresno, CA 93721

Clerk's Office: (559) 445-5491
Fax: (559) 445-5769
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