For orders, or any other document, that requires a Judge or Clerk’s signature, the filer will create and submit a filing as normal. (Santa Clara and Los Angeles Probate filers, please refer to the respective sections below for an additional filing step to receive a signed copy.)

The court will process the filing, and send the filer a file-stamped version of the document. However, in most instances, the stamp with say something along the lines of: Electronically Received (or some variation of that).

When the court stamps a document in this manner, this is because that court does NOT return Signed Orders back to the filer through the e-filing system. Once the court signs the necessary document, they send the filer a copy via email or traditional mail.

Since this process varies from court to court, a filer will want to reach out to that specific court with the Envelope Number for reference to advise on any accepted documents that do not have signed copies.

Please see below for a few additional items to note in California and Indiana.

California

Los Angeles Superior Court Civil

The Los Angeles Superior Court currently processes signed documents (orders, judgments, etc…) on CIVIL matters in one of two ways.

  1. Electronically: If the judge signs the order electronically, the court then returns the signed copy to our application. We then distribute that to the filer.
  2. In Paper: If the judge chooses to print and sign the order in paper, then the court is unable to return a signed copy to our application. They will then distribute the signed order outside the e-filing system themselves via US mail or email.

Unfortunately, there is no way for us to know how the court/judge will choose to process the order.

Los Angeles Superior Court Probate

The Los Angeles Superior Probate Court requires the filer enter and select themselves as a Service Contact to enable them to provide the filer with an emailed copy of the final order.

Since the court only returns a signed copy to the service contacts listed in the filing, if the filer does NOT select themselves as one, the Court will NOT be able to return a copy of the order electronically. The filer will then need to go to the court to get a copy.

Santa Clara Superior Court

The Santa Clara Superior Court requires the filer enter and select themselves as a Service Contact to enable them to provide the filer with an emailed copy of the final order.

Since the court only returns a signed copy to the service contacts listed in the filing, if the filer does NOT select themselves as one, the Court will NOT be able to return a copy of the order electronically. The filer will then need to go to the court to get a copy.

Indiana

For Indiana, the court may return signed orders to filers via their the Odyssey e-Notices system.