e-Filing Instructions (Fifth Appellate District)

NOTICE:
The Fifth District Court of Appeal DOES NOT accept ANY sealed documents electronically.

Sealed documents MUST BE in paper form in a sealed envelope in conformance with California Rules of Court, rule 8.46
.

Documents must be:

  • A single PDF file.
  • Unlocked (i.e., no passwords or saving as a PDF/A)
  • No more than 25 MB in size
  • An exact duplicate of the paper copy.

Working with PDFs


Original Signatures, Word Count certificate and the Proof of Service

  • For signatures on e-filed documents, type "/S/ YOUR NAME" above the signature line. A scanned copy of your signature is not required.
  • For the Word Count certificate, the court will forego the need for an original document signature on an e-filed document. (Still provide the word count.) Maintaining a signed copy in counsel's file is a good business practice.
  • For the Proof of Service signature, the court is applying Rules of Court, rule 8.71(f)(3). The party filing the proof of service must maintain the printed form of the document bearing the declarant’s signature and must make the document available for inspection and copying at the court’s request.

Naming the PDF File

The Court's naming convention requires you to include the case number and abbreviate the document title and filing party's Last Name, as indicated below. Use an underscore _ to separate the elements within the PDF file name. Do not use spaces, dashes or hyphens.

Example: Litigant John Doe will be filing a First Request for Extension of Time. The PDF file name should be as follows:

F012345_GEX_Doe.pdf

Example: The People of the State of California are filing an Informal Response to a Habeas Corpus petition. The PDF file name should be as follows:

F012345_INF_The People.pdf

Abbreviations that are to be used for naming your documents:

  • First Request – Extension of Time – Non-Civil Appeal - GEX
  • Wende Brief - WBF
  • Phoenix H. Brief - PBF
  • Ben C. Brief - BBC
  • Petition for Rehearing - RPF
  • Informal response to Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus - INF

Documents Accepted for E-Filing

Pursuant to California Rule of Court, rule 8.70, the Fifth District Court of Appeal will accept for electronic filing the following documents:
  • First Request for an extension of time in a criminal or juvenile appeal (30 day extensions only)
  • Informal responses to a petition for writ of habeas corpus

Pursuant to California Rule of Court, rule 8.70, the Fifth District Court of Appeal requires the following documents be electronically filed:

  • Appellant's opening brief pursuant to People v. Wende in adult criminal appeals
  • Appellant's opening brief pursuant to People v. Wende in juvenile delinquency appeals (Eff. 4/1/13)
  • Appellant's opening brief pursuant to In re Phoenix H. in juvenile dependency appeals (Eff. 4/1/13)
  • Appellant's opening brief pursuant to Conservatorship of Ben C. in LPS conservatorship appeals (Eff. 4/1/13)

This electronic filing will satisfy, and substitute for, the filing requirement of a paper original and any required paper copies in this court. Counsel shall continue to serve paper copies according to the additional service requirements of The California Rules of Court, rule 8.360(d), unless, pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 8.71(2), a party indicates that the party agrees to accept electronic service.

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