electronic filing (e-filing) information 

The San Francisco Superior Court expanded its mandatory e-filing program to include new complaints in general civil cases as well as new petitions and subsequent filings in Family Law Dissolution cases. The new service became effective January 4, 2021. Please see the news release issued 12/21/2020 on the Court's website.


The following cases are subject to mandatory electronic filing and service:

Initial Filings

  • General Civil Cases (excluding: Small Claims, Petitions, Complex Litigation, Asbestos, Probate, Appellate Division/Misdemeanor Appeals/Writs, Name/Gender Changes, Civil Harassment, and Unlawful Detainers)
  • Family Law Dissolution Cases
  • Subsequent Filings
  • Asbestos Cases
  • Complex Litigation Cases
  • DCSS Stip/orders
  • Ex Parte applications involving misdemeanor convictions
  • Family Law Dissolution Cases
  • General Civil (ALL)
  • Misdemeanor Appeals
  • Misdemeanor Writs
  • Probate Trusts and Decedant's Estates 
  • Single Assignment Cases
  • Unlawful Detainers


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.

If you have a Court related e-filing inquiry please contact the E-filing Hotline at (415) 551-3824, or send an email to: 

CIVIL FILINGS: [email protected] 

FAMILY LAW FILINGS:  [email protected] 

Select one of the following case types for a list of court approved Electronic Filing Service Providers to electronically file (eFile) your civil documents: