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.

File your documents through TrueFiling

California Appellate Court Mandatory E-filing

Pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 8.70 and Rule 8.71, all filings in Civil, Criminal, Juvenile and Original proceedings must be made through the Court's electronic filing system (TrueFiling).

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.

Before submitting your documents, please note that electronic documents must be text searchable, properly paginated, and contain bookmarks. For formatting guidelines and resources, please review the How to Prepare Electronic Filings section below:

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.

Notice: Users of the court’s electronic filing system should be aware that although parties may submit documents electronically 24 hours a day, telephone or online assistance may not be available outside of normal Court business hours, and requests for immediate relief made after the close of the Court’s normal business hours may not be addressed until the next court day.

Specific E-filing Information for the First District Court of Appeal

Local Rule: Rule 12
Clerk’s Office contact: (415)865-7300

Divisional clerks may be contacted by e-mail regarding pending cases as follows:

Special Instructions:

  1. Paper copies do not need to be sent/delivered to the court if the document is submitted electronically.
  2. Do not submit the document twice if you submit the incorrect document or notice a defect.  Notify the deputy clerks in the assigned division requesting rejection of the submitted document and that a corrected version will be submitted.
  3. For briefs and original proceedings, you must include a proof of service showing that the brief or writ petition was served by mail or personally delivered on the trial judge and/or superior court, unless the superior court explicitly permits electronic service.
  4. If submitting document(s) on the due date, consider transmission time. Depending on the size of the document and/or bundle, transmission may take up to 30 minutes. (See Cal. Rules of Court, rule 8.77(c).)

How to Prepare Electronic Filings 


Please visit the links below for formatting requirements and guidelines.