May 24, 2017

Pursuant to Section 1010.6(b) of the Code of Civil Procedure, Rule 2.253(a) of the California Rules of Court, and San Mateo Superior Court Local Rule 2.1.5 all documents in Complex Civil actions (other than the original documents specified below) may be filed electronically, and must be filed electronically upon issuance of a judicial order.

How to E-File

In order to start e-filing, the filer must select a service provider. An electronic filing service provider (EFSP) is an online service to help you file your documents, and acts as the intermediary between you and the Odyssey eFileCA 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.

Currently, there are a number of EFSPs working to become certified with eFileCA and we expect the number of certified EFSPs to increase in the coming months. Certified EFSPs are listed below:

ACE Attorney Services, Inc.
ACE Attorney Services, Inc.
Attorney's Certified Services
Attorney's Certified Services
1.	Commercial Process Serving, Inc.
Commercial Process Serving, Inc.
County Process Service Inc.
County Process Service, Inc.
Creekside E-Filing
Creekside e-filing
DDS Legal
DDS Legal
Eddings Attorney Service
Eddings Attorney Services
e-Legal Services, Inc.
e-Legal Services, Inc.
First Legal
Green Filing
Green Filing
Janney & Janney
Janney & Janney
Legal Connect
Legal Connect
Legal e-File
Nationwide Legal
Nationwide Legal
Odyssey eFile CA
Odyssey eFileCA
One Legal
One Hour Delivery
One Legal
One Legal
Rapid Legal, Online Attorney Service
Rapid Legal

Sayler Legal Service
Swift Attorney Service
Swift Attorney Services



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Document Standards

Documents to be electronically filed 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.

Proposed Orders

Your Proposed Order should be e-filed with the pleading it relates to (e.g. stipulation or motion) in conformity with CRC Rule 3.1312(c). You must also email an editable version of the Proposed Order in word format (not PDF) to: so that the judge can modify it prior to signing, if needed.

The Court will continue to accept the following documents in hard copy form:

  • Proposed Orders
  • Judgments
  • Ex Parte Motions
  • Default Judgments
  • Abstract of Judgment
  • Exhibitis (to filed documents)
  • Appeal Documents
  • Administrative Records
  • Stipulation and Proposed Order
  • Request for Dismissals

E-filing Schedule

Complex Civil

Effective December 5, 2016, the Court plans to enter the permissive phase of electronic filing of legal documents (e-filing). This permissive period allows filers to become familiar with the e-filing process prior to an anticipated mandatory implementation during the second half of 2017.

E-filing Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is e-filing?
  2. How does e-filing work?
  3. Do I have to file my documents electronically?
  4. How will I know that my filing was received by the Court?
  5. What happens if the system is down?
  6. What does it cost?
  7. What if I have a fee waiver?
  8. What if my filing is rejected?
  9. What happens if I file an answer at the same time the plaintiff is filing a default?
  10. How do I sign my document?
  11. Can I request that the Court expedite the processing of my documents or rush them to the judge?
  12. Do I still have to deliver a courtesy copy to the judge?
  13. I want to eFile a proposed order, how do I do that?
  14. Does the other party get automatically noticed or do I still have to serve the other party?
  15. Who do I contact for more information?