Electronic Filing (E-Filing) Information
Effective July 1, 2021 The San Francisco Superior Court expanded its mandatory e-filing program. Please see the news release issued 06/28/2021 on the Court's homepage.
The following cases are NOT subject to mandatory electronic filing, and must be intiated in conventional form. All other Civil case types must be iniated electronically. Pursuant to California Rules of Court 2.253 self represented parties are not subject to mandatory electronic filing.
- Small Claims
- Civil Harassment (INITIAL FILING ONLY); all subsequent filings must be electronically filed
- False Claims Act
- Probate Conservatorships and Guardianships
- Judgements related to Sister State, Confession, Labor and Summary
- Unlawful Detainers (INITIAL FILING and SUMMONS ONLY); all subsequent filings must be electronically filed
As of December 8, 2014, the Superior Court of California County of San Francisco required mandatory electronic filing and service pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6, California Rules of Court 2.253(b)(2) and San Francisco Superior Court Local Rule 2.11. On May 15, 2018, the San Francisco Superior Court eliminated the Court-run e-filing portal to e-file documents with the Court. Effective July 1, 2020 subsequent filings for Unlawful Detainers are required to be filed electronically. On January 4, 2021 the San Francisco Superior Court expanded mandatory electronic filing to include new complaints in general civil cases as well family law dissolution cases.
Pursuant to California Rules of Court 2.253(b)(4) , represented parties may apply to be excused from filling and serving documents electronically, if it is shown to cause undue hardship or significant prejudice. In each case a represented party must file an Ex Parte Application for relief from the requirements of mandatory e-filing to be heard in department 206, or in the Court of the assigned judge (refer to San Francisco Superior Court Local rules for times and dates of ex parte hearings). The applicant must give notice of the ex parte application to all other parties in the case, and must be present at the hearing. The application must be accompanied with a declaration signed under penalty of perjury specifying the undue hardship, or significant prejudice of filing and serving documents electronically, and proposed order. The applicant must notify all other parties of the Courts' ruling. If the application is granted, the represented party may file and serve documents conventionally.
The Court has several vendors that may be used for e-filing. Please see a comprehensive list of court approved e-filing vendors.
For additional information, please refer to E-FILING SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS and E-FILING FAQs.
If you have a Court related e-filing inquiry please contact the E-filing Unit through email:
FAMILY LAW FILINGS: [email protected]