Electronic Filing

Electronic filing is the filing of an electronic document in lieu of a paper original and any required paper copies with the reviewing court. Documents must comply with Local Rule 16.

Please Note: The Court does not require or need paper copies if documents are submitted through TrueFiling.  Before submitting your documents, please make sure they are bookmarked.


Pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 8.70 and Local Rule 16, as amended May 1, 2015, all filings in Civil, Criminal, Juvenile and Original proceedings must be made through the Court's electronic filing system (TrueFiling). The forms can be found in the Forms & Rules page.

Pursuant to Local Rule 16, Section L, self-represented parties may, but are not required to register for electronic filing, but must comply with this rule and the requirements of TrueFiling if they elect to register.

For Civil cases, filing your documents through e-Filing will satisfy the requirements for service on the Supreme Court under rule 8.212(c)(2).

Notice: Notwithstanding the requirements set forth in California Rules of Court, Rule 8.500(f)(1), submission of a petition for review through TrueFiling that is accepted for filing by the Supreme Court constitutes service of the petition on the Court of Appeal.

File your documents
through TrueFiling

1DCA e-Filing Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the questions below to reveal the answer(s).  Answers pertain to the First District Court of Appeal.

A: No, you contact the help desk for TrueFiling by phone at (855) 959-8868 or by email at support@imagesoftinc.com.

A: Yes. You contact the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District’s Clerk’s Office at (415) 865-7300 or First.District@jud.ca.gov.

A:

  • Appellants/Petitioners in most civil proceedings are required to pay a one-time appearance fee ($775) when they submit their Notice of Appeal to the Superior Court or when a new petition is uploaded into the TrueFiling system for filing.
  • Respondents in most civil proceedings are required to pay a one-time appearance fee ($390) with their first filing. Most often the respondent’s appearance fee is submitted with the respondent’s brief.
  • Please check the appropriate government code section, rule(s) of court or contact the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District’s Clerk’s Office at (415) 865-7300 if you have questions regarding the court’s fees.
  • Convenience fees are charged by TrueFiling. For questions regarding convenience fees, please contact the help desk for TrueFiling by phone at (855) 959-8868 or by email at support@imagesoftinc.com

A: Yes.  Everything in the Table of Contents, including the words "Table of Contents" needs to be bookmarked.

A: Yes. The 1st page or cover page of all documents must be page 1 and numbered consecutively thereafter throughout the entire document. The cover page number may be suppressed and need not appear on the cover page.

A: No, but you must have a proof of service. You can submit your proof of service as a separate document in TrueFiling or include it as the last page(s) of your filed document.

A: No

A: See formatting guidelines for exhibits or appendices

A: Yes. See formatting guidelines for creating bookmarks

A: Yes. See formatting guidelines for exhibits or appendices.

A: Writs of supersedeas must be filed in the existing appellate court case number.