Pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 8.70 and Rule 8.71, all filings in Civil, Criminal, Juvenile and Original proceedings must be made through electronic filing (e-filing).

Self-represented parties may, but are not required to register for electronic filing, but must comply with this rule and the requirements of e-filing if they elect to register.

Before submitting your documents, please note that electronic documents must be text searchable, properly paginated, and contain bookmarks. For formatting guidelines and resources, please review the How to Prepare Electronic Filings section below:

For Civil cases, filing your documents through e-filing will satisfy the requirements for service on the Supreme Court under rule 8.212(c)(2).

Notice: Notwithstanding the requirements set forth in California Rules of Court, Rule 8.500(f)(1), submission of a petition for review through e-filing that is accepted for filing by the Supreme Court constitutes service of the petition on the Court of Appeal.

Notice: Users of the court’s electronic filing system should be aware that although parties may submit documents electronically 24 hours a day, telephone or online assistance may not be available outside of normal Court business hours, and requests for immediate relief made after the close of the Court’s normal business hours may not be addressed until the next court day.

Specific E-filing Information for the First District Court of Appeal

Local Rule: Rule 12 Clerk’s Office contact: (415) 865-7300

Divisional clerks may be contacted by e-mail regarding pending cases as follows:

Special Instructions:

  1. Paper copies do not need to be sent/delivered to the court if the document is submitted electronically.
  2. Do not submit the document twice if you submit the incorrect document or notice a defect.  Notify the deputy clerks in the assigned division requesting rejection of the submitted document and that a corrected version will be submitted.
  3. For briefs and original proceedings, you must include a proof of service showing that the brief or writ petition was served by mail or personally delivered on the trial judge and/or superior court, unless the superior court explicitly permits electronic service.
  4. If submitting document(s) on the due date, consider transmission time. Depending on the size of the document and/or bundle, transmission may take up to 30 minutes. (See Cal. Rules of Court, rule 8.77(c).)

How to Prepare Electronic Filings

Please visit the links below for formatting requirements and guidelines:

Court FAQs
Tips on Adobe PDF Bookmark Settings
PDF Bookmark Zoom Settings
Sample Brief
Sample Writ Petition
Sample Petition for Transfer
Sample Appendix
Sample Writ Exhibit

Other First District Court of Appeal Resources

Forms and Local Rules
Practices and Procedures
Court Programs
Self-Help Resources
California Judicial Mentor Program (Appellate)
Contact First Appellate District Court of Appeal