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San Francisco Superior Court Expands E-Filing Program Effective January 27, 2014

For updated information on this topic, see our more recent law alert.

San Francisco Superior Court has expanded its e-filing program to include the following 16 new types of cases:

  • Antitrust/Unfair Competition
  • Business Tort
  • Common Counts/Open Book/Accounts/Collections
  • Construction
  • Contract/Warranty
  • Injunctive Relief
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mass Tort
  • Partnership and Corporate Governance
  • Personal Injury
  • Personal Injury/Property Damage-Vehicle Related
  • Products Liability
  • Subrogation/Insurance
  • Toxic Tort/Environment
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • CEQA

E-filing in these cases is currently voluntary. The court had intended to make e-filing in these cases mandatory, but the second e-filing vendor that the court has contracted with (One Legal, LLC) will not be ready to accept e-filings until June 30, 2014. Without a second vendor, the court would have been in violation of California Rule of Court 2.253(b), which provides that when a court does not allow e-filing directly (which San Francisco Superior Court does not), the court must allow e-filing “through more than one approved electronic filing service provider.” (Emphasis added.) Note that mandatory e-filing in asbestos, probate trust, and complex litigation cases remains in effect.

The press release announcing the voluntary expansion can be found here. Details on the rules and procedures governing e-filing can be found in San Francisco Local Rule 2.10.

For further discussion of e-filing, see chapter 18 of CEB's California Civil Procedure Before Trial (4th ed Cal CEB).

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