e-Filing

Pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 8.70 and California Supreme Court Rules Regarding Electronic Filing, filings for the following documents in civil and criminal proceedings and matters arising from a judgment of death can be made through the court's electronic filing system (TrueFiling).

Documents in proceedings under rules 8.500-8.552
All documents filed before the court issues its decision to grant or deny review, including:

  1. Petitions for review; answers, replies;
  2. Applications to permit the filing of a petition, answer, reply, or attachment that exceeds the length limits set by California Rules of Court, rule 8.504(d);
  3. Applications to extend the time to file an answer or reply;
  4. Motions for relief from default for failure to timely file a petition, answer, or reply;
  5. All other applications and motions in these proceedings filed before the court issues its decision to grant or deny review; and
  6. Any correspondence filed in connection with the documents in (A) – (E) except amicus curiae letters under California Rules of Court, rule 8.500(g) and requests for depublication and related documents under California Rules of Court, rule 8.1125.

Documents in matters arising from a judgment of death
All documents filed in these matters. For purposes of this subdivision:

  1. Matters arising from a judgment of death include:
    1. Automatic appeals under California Rules of Court, rules 8.600-8.642;
    2. Habeas corpus proceedings in the court under California Rules of Court, rules 8.380-8.388 that involve a challenge to the validity of the petitioner's death judgment, including proceedings before any referee appointed by the court to conduct a hearing following the court's issuance of an order to show cause; and;
    3. Other original writ proceedings in the court under California Rules of Court, rules 8.485-8.493 that relate to an automatic appeal or a habeas corpus proceeding challenging the validity of the death judgment, including proceedings on petitions for a writ of mandate under Penal Code section 1405, subdivision (k).

Electronic filing is the filing of an electronic document in lieu of a paper original.  The court requires two paper copies of each electronic document filed in proceedings under rules 8.500-8.552 delivered to the court within two court days after submission through TrueFiling.  The Court requires one paper copy of each electronic document filed in matters arising from a judgment of death mailed to the court within two court days after submission through TrueFiling.  Paper copies must comply with the California Supreme Court Rules Regarding Electronic Filing and California Rules of Court.  Official court correspondence and notifications, including letters and orders, will be sent to all parties via regular mail only. 

File your documents through TrueFiling
 

Pursuant to California Supreme Court Rules Regarding Electronic Filing, self-represented litigants may, but are not required to, register for electronic filing. Self-represented litigants must comply with the California Supreme Court Rules Regarding Electronic Filing and the requirements of TrueFiling if they elect to register.


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e-Filing Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the questions below to reveal the answer(s).  Answers pertain to the Supreme Court of California.

Q: Do I contact the Court regarding technical problems with the TrueFiling system?

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

Q: Do I contact the Court for procedural questions re: filings?

A: Yes, please contact the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office at (415) 865-7000.

Q: What are the Court’s filing fees?

A:

  • Petitions for review in civil proceedings: $710.
  • Answers to petitions for review in civil proceedings: $390.
  • Please check the appropriate government code section, rule(s) of court or contact the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office at (415) 865-7000 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

Q: Do I need to include a bookmark for the Table of Contents?

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

Q: Does the 1st page (cover page) of every document have to start with the number 1?

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.

Q: Do I have to e-serve all documents using the TrueFiling system?

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.

Q: How do I paginate multiple volumes of exhibits or appendices?

A: See formatting guidelines for exhibits or appendices

Q: Do I have to bookmark exhibits?

A: Yes. See formatting guidelines for creating bookmarks

Q: Do I need an index for each volume of exhibits or appendices?

A: No. See formatting guidelines for exhibits or appendices

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