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2017 California Rules of Court

Rule 2.256. Responsibilities of electronic filer

(a) Conditions of filing

Each electronic filer must:

(1)Comply with any court requirements designed to ensure the integrity of electronic filing and to protect sensitive personal information;

(2)Furnish information the court requires for case processing;

(3)Take all reasonable steps to ensure that the filing does not contain computer code, including viruses, that might be harmful to the court's electronic filing system and to other users of that system;

(4)Furnish one or more electronic service addresses, in the manner specified by the court, at which the electronic filer agrees to accept service;

(5)Immediately provide the court and all parties with any change to the electronic filer's electronic service address; and

(6)If the electronic filer uses an electronic filing service provider, provide the electronic filing service provider with the electronic address at which the filer is to be sent all documents and immediately notify the electronic filing service provider of any change in that address.

(Subd (a) amended effective July 1, 2013; previously amended effective January 1, 2007, and January 1, 2011.)

(b) Format of documents to be filed electronically

A document that is filed electronically with the court must be in a format specified by the court unless it cannot be created in that format. The format adopted by a court must meet the following requirements:

(1)The software for creating and reading documents must be in the public domain or generally available at a reasonable cost.

(2)The printing of documents must not result in the loss of document text, format, or appearance.

(3)The document must be text searchable when technologically feasible without impairment of the document's image.

If a document is filed electronically under the rules in this chapter and cannot be formatted to be consistent with a formatting rule elsewhere in the California Rules of Court, the rules in this chapter prevail.

(Subd (b) amended effective January 1, 2017; previously amended effective January 1, 2006, January 1, 2008, and January 1, 2010.)

Rule 2.256 amended effective January 1, 2017; adopted as rule 2056 effective January 1, 2003; previously amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2007; previously amended effective January 1, 2006, January 1, 2008, January 1, 2010, January 1, 2011, and July 1, 2013.

Advisory Committee Comment

Subdivision (b)(3). The term "technologically feasible" does not require more than the application of standard, commercially available optical character recognition (OCR) software.

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