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2019 California Rules of Court

Rule 8.74. 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 that 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; and

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

(Subd (a) amended effective January 1, 2011.)

(b) Format of documents to be filed electronically

(1)  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.

(2)  The format adopted by a court must meet the following minimum requirements:

(A)  The format must be text-searchable while maintaining original document formatting.

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

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

(3)  The page numbering of a document filed electronically must begin with the first page or cover page as page 1 and use only Arabic numerals (e.g., 1, 2, 3). The page number may be suppressed and need not appear on the cover page.

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

(Subd (b) amended effective January 1, 2017.)

Rule 8.74 amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2017; adopted as rule 8.76 effective July 1, 2010; previously amended effective January 1, 2011.

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