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E-filing is now permissive for Criminal cases. Civil, Family, Probate, and Small Claims E-Filing Except for the documents and case types listed below, e-filing for all attorney represented parties in Civil, Family, and Probate cases is now mandatory. E-filing in Small Claims cases is available.
The Court will continue to accept the following documents in hard copy form and E-FILE Expert™ can help you file in-person on the same day you order the court filing service:
- Ex Parte Filings (Effective 09/17/2021, Attorneys are required to E-File Probate Ex Parte Petitions. Please see Local Probate Rule 2C for full details).
- Judgments – Family Case Types Only
- Defaults – Family Case Types Only
- Out of State Commissions
- Sister State Judgments
- Subpoenas for Out of State Actions, Local Form
- Order for Payment from Court Deposit, Local Form FN-022
- Payee Data Record FN-030
- Certificate of Facts Re: Unsatisfied Judgment
- Letters issued by the Probate Court
- Citations issued by the Probate Court
More Information regarding Civil E-Filing
E-filing is now mandatory for all attorney represented parties in:
- Complex Civil cases
- Unlawful Detainer cases
- Civil Harassment subsequent filings
- All other Civil case types, including Limited and Unlimited
How to E-File
The e-filing link is:
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To start e-filing you must select your filing service provider E-FILE Expert™. An electronic filing service provider (EFSP) provides an online service to help you file your documents, and acts as the intermediary between you and the Court’s Case Management System. Each EFSP offers a variety of additional services and you should evaluate which provider meets your filing needs. Once you pick the EFSP you would like to use for electronic filing, you will be able to go through their tutorial on how to do electronic filing.
For more information on how to start e-filing go to our self-help video page for videos or the FAQ’s page.
The Court has published local rules regarding electronic filing. local rules regarding electronic filing.
Documents should be submitted in searchable PDF format, and searchable PDF/A is preferable. PDF/A is a format which excludes those PDF features that give rise to concerns about the ability to archive documents. Newer scanners allow users to directly create a PDF/A. Users with older scanners can use a conversion tool (such as Acrobat 9) to convert scanned documents to PDF/A.
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We are a Santa Clara County California e-filing court technology company and certified E-Filing Service Provider (EFSP) for all 58 counties in California. Our Santa Clara County California court e filing company can also guarantee same-day or next-day delivery for all legal document filings statewide. Our corporate and private clients trust E-FILE Expert™ because we have more than 30 years of experience with same-day in-person filings rules and regulations at courthouses.
Our Santa Clara County California e-filing company can meet any deadlines at the Santa Clara County Superior Court through electronic filing, same-day in-person filing at the courthouse, by fax machine, or by mail depending on the courthouse’s rules. Scroll down for complete lists of the counties that accept e-filing or require in-person filings or other methods provided by our Santa Clara County California court filing company.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Electronic Filing
Basic Electronic Filing Questions
- How does e-filing work?
- Is e-filing secure?
- Is e-filing mandatory for my court?
- What type of cases can I e-File using E-FILE Expert™?
- When can I use E-FILE Expert™?
- Can I use E-FILE Expert™ if I’m a self-represented litigant (pro per or pro se)?
- Do I have to register to use E-FILE Expert™?
- Is support available for the E-FILE Expert™ system?
- Is training available for using E-FILE Expert™?
- What time do I have to submit my document to have it deemed filed the same day?
- What documents can and cannot be e-filed?
- Can you e-file ex parte documents?
- What is e-service?
- How do I serve other individuals with my e-filed documents?
- Can I use e-service without filing a document with the court?
Electronic Filing Fees
- Is there a fee to use E-FILE Expert™?
- Do I need to include the court reporter fee when e-filing?
- Is there an exception to mandatory electronic filing if it creates an undue hardship or significant prejudice to any part?
Adding New Parties
Do I need to add new parties when filing into an existing case?
- Can I upload all documents together or must they be separated?
- Is there a size limit for the document that can be uploaded?
- What format do I have to save my document in?
- Do I have to bookmark my document?
- Do I have to add OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to my document?
Basic Electronic Filing Questions
How does e-filing work?
Electronic filing or e-filing enables filers and courts to efficiently process documents and fees online. E-FILE Expert™ manages the flow of information among filers, clerks, court personnel and judges. The filer submits documents by establishing an account with an electronic service provider (EFSP) at E-FILE Expert™ .
Is e-filing secure?
Yes. The E-FILE Expert™ filing system adheres to state and federal security regulations and meets Payment Card Industry Security Standards to protect filer and transaction information.
Is e-filing mandatory for my court?
It varies by court. Please review the list of Courts accepting e-filings section at http://www.odysseyeFileCA.com for information on specific courts. See Santa Clara Superior Court Local General Rule 6.
What type of cases can I e-File using E-FILE Expert™?
Specific case types Santa Clara Superior Court can be viewed at http://www.scscourt.org/forms_and_filing/efiling.shtml. See Santa Clara Superior Court Local General Rule 6.
When can I use E-FILE Expert™?
E-FILE Expert™ is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Consult your local court rules for the court review timelines and schedules. Santa Clara Superior Court accepts filings during normal business hours, 8-5 Monday through Friday excluding court holidays, see Local General Rule 6. Note: The system may be temporarily offline from time to time for maintenance purposes.
Can I use E-FILE Expert™ if I’m a self-represented litigant (pro per or pro se)?
Yes, self-represented parties are eligible to use the site for e-filing. However, it is not mandatory they do so.
Do I have to register to use E-FILE Expert™?
Yes, all users must register with an electronic service provider (EFSP) prior to using e-filing.
Is support available for the E-FILE Expert™ filing system?
Yes, support is provided for both attorneys and self-represented litigants. Each electronic filing service provider (EFSP) offers a different type of e-filing support. When you pick your EFSP such as E-FILE Expert™ look at the level of filing support that is offered and see if it meets your needs.
Is training available for using E-FILE Expert™?
Yes, training is provided for free. You can register by selecting Web Training Sessions at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcmLg2bg-k5x7j-5c6JrSzg or contact your electronic service provider (EFSP). You can attend as many training sessions as you need. One hour of CLE credit can be earned for many of the sessions.
What time do I have to submit my document to have it deemed filed the same day?
The filing must be received by the court by 5 p.m., as indicated in Local Rule 6. Keep in mind that some of the EFSP companies have a cut off earlier than 5 p.m. for same day processing because of the time it takes for the envelope to be submitted and received by the court. If a person hits submit on their computer at 4:55pm it may not be received by the court until 5:01pm which would make it a next day filing.
What documents can and cannot be e-filed?
All documents can be electronically filed except for those outlined in Santa Clara Superior Court Local General Rule 6 on the Court’s website.
Can you e-file ex parte documents?
See Santa Clara Superior Court Local General Rule 6, http://www.scscourt.org/general_info/rules/general/general_rule6.shtml, and http://www.scscourt.org/forms_and_filing/efiling.shtml.
What is e-service?
E-service is a feature provided by E-FILE Expert™ where documents are electronically served to other parties in a case via e-mail. Using this option, you can track when each party received and opened the filing.
How do I serve other individuals with my e-filed documents?
Filers are responsible for accomplishing service of all filings as required by applicable court rules. For this purpose, filers may use the mail service, serve by hand delivery, send an e-mail, or use E-FILE Expert™ as it offers the option of electronic service of each filing to the designated service contact.
Can I use e-service without filing a document with the court?
Yes, E-FILE Expert™ may be used to exchange documents between parties without filing the documents through the courts.
Electronic Filing Fees
Is there a fee to use E-FILE Expert™?
Yes, there are fees associated with filing documents electronically with eFIleCA.com. Standard court filing fees: Statewide fee schedules can be found at http://www.scscourt.org/forms_and_filing/fees.shtml. Contact your local court for additional information on specific filing fees. Filings submitted without all the required filing fees, will be rejected for correction. E-file fee: A service fee is assessed for use of the e-filing system. The fee is up to$5.00. This is subject to change. Payment service fee: A payment service fee is assessed to cover the credit card processing fees. The current fee is 3%, this number can fluctuate quarterly.
Do I need to include the court reporter fee when e-filing?
Yes. Filings submitted electronically will be rejected if they are submitted without all the required filing fees. This includes the $30 court reporter fee required in Civil and Probate cases for any hearing initiated by a party such as a civil motion or probate petition (this does not apply to Family Law matters). For additional information on the court reporter fee please see Government Code 68086(a).
Is there an exception to mandatory electronic filing if it creates an undue hardship or significant prejudice to any part?
In accordance with rule 2.253 of the California Rules of Court, a party may submit an application for exemption from eFiling.
Adding New Parties
Do I need to add new parties when filing into an existing case?
When electronically filing into an existing case, parties that already exist in the case should not be added as new parties. The only time new parties should be added to the case is when the filing adds new parties to an existing case. This could be an amended complaint adding new defendants, cross complaint adding cross-defendants, amendment to complaint naming a doe, etc. When new parties are added through electronic filing that already exist on the case the clerk has to delete them before processing the filing or the parties will be duplicated in the case management system.
Can I upload all documents together or must they be separated?
Documents should be filed as you would have at the clerk window. For instance a document that would have been stapled together at filing should be filed as one lead document. Another way to think about it as anything that needs its own file stamp should be filed separately, as a lead document that gets its own separate event code. Multiple documents can be filed together in one envelope but each document to be filed needs its own event code.
Is there a size limit for the document that can be uploaded?
35 megabits for the whole envelope and 25 megabits for a single document. There have been a few initial problems here that have all been resolved by calling the EFSP. If the document is truly too big, and the EFSP cannot resolve, the document can be electronically filed in separate batches but please call the court to let us know that this is going to happen first so we can monitor and filings are not rejected in error.
What format do I have to save my document in?
PDF, however some EFSPs allow you to file as a Word document because they then turn it into a PDF for you.
Do I have to bookmark my document?
Yes, pursuant to California Rule of Court 3.1110(f), a document filed electronically with exhibits must include electronic bookmarks with links to the first page of each exhibit and a bookmark title that identifies the exhibit number or letter and briefly describes the exhibit.
Do I have to add OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to my document?
Yes, pursuant to California Rule of Court 2.256(b)(3), a document filed electronically must be text searchable.
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Santa Clara County Online Court Forms and Santa Clara County Court Filing Fee Information
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