Now that you have created and configured your new account, you are ready to e-file!

These instructions are to File on an Existing Case in the Odyssey® eFileCA Superior Courts. You may find a list of the courts available in eFileCA system here.

Filing on an existing case means that you case already exists in the eFileCA court system. If one does not exist yet, you will want to Initiate a New Case.

These steps take you through the process of e-filing on an existing case that we have to retrieve from the Court’s system. Once the court’s filing clerk receives the submission, we’ll take a quick peek at our Filing Status screen.

Note: To file on an existing case in Los Angeles Civil courts, follow the instructions from this article.

Quick Steps

Scroll down for more detailed instructions.

From the Dashboard, click File on an Existing Case

  1. Select your Case, or Add a Case to retrieve your case from the court’s system.
  2. Select your Document Type and enter a Document Description. Then click the Click to Upload link to add your document.
  3. Give your document a Security Type, and review your choices in the Optional Services drop down. Select any necessary services.
  4. Enter your New Case Parties as required by the court.
  5. Choose the Party or Parties you are filing on behalf of.
  6. Add any Service Contacts to your filing to perform electronic service.
  7. Review your Filing Fees, and select a Payment Method to pay the estimated fees.
  8. Select the Filing Attorney if necessary, review all information for accuracy, and Submit Filing.

File on an Existing Case

From the Dashboard, click File on an Existing Case

  1. Select Case – Choose your case, or click add a case to retrieve your case from the court’s system. If you do not see your case in the menu, click the Add a Case link. You may need to do an advanced case search by Party Name if it doesn’t come up on the first try.
  2. Add Documents – Define, select, and upload the documents that make up your filing.

    1. Select the Document Type: The Court prescribes the list of documents you see available in the Document Type field. If you don’t see the specific document type you are looking for then you’ll need to select the document type that most closely matches, or is somewhat generic in nature. Learn more about selecting a document type when the one needed isn’t listed…
    2. Enter the Document Description: After making your selection, type the true document title in the document description field.
    3. Click the Click to Upload link to add your document. We’ll automatically convert most native file formats (i.e. Word, WordPerfect, JPG, PNG, GIF, TIF) into the Court’s preferred Adobe PDF format, upon upload.
    4. Click the Edit button to edit a description, delete a document, replace a document, or add an attachment.
  3. Security & Optional Services – Choose a security level, and any needed optional services, for each document.
     
    Note: If a filer sets a document’s security to confidential AND they do not want anyone served those documents, filers will NOT want to electronically serve any party. Electronic service sends ALL of the documents in a filing to ALL selected parties regardless of the document security type chosen.

    1. Choose your Document Security: Most times your choices are public or confidential, but those choices will vary from court to court, and from document type to document type. You will need to pick something from the choices presented to you. While many people choose the public option, others choose confidential if there is sensitive information they do not think should be public.
    2. Choose any Optional Services: When you initiate a new case or file on an existing case, you have the choice of adding optional services for the document(s) you are filing. This can be for extra fees or services like the court reporter fee or first paper fee, or for extra things like ordering certified copies (if the court offers it). There are many different choices that can appear here, so always be sure to check it before submitting a filing. You can also add a Qty to these optional services if you need multiples of something.
  4. New Case Parties – If the party (or parties) you are filing on behalf of is not listed in the Filing Party section below this one, or you need to add another party to the case, click the Add Parties link to add them.
    New Case Parties

    When filling out this section, you may select Representing Attorneys from the menu, or click the Add Another Attorney link to add them.

    If you do not know your party’s address, you may click the Address Unknown checkbox.

  5. Filing Party – Choose the party or parties you are filing on behalf of. If you do not see your party listed, you may add them in the step above, and then come back to this section to select them.
  6. Service Contacts – Add service contacts to your filing to perform electronic service. If none are listed, or a filer needs to add additional service contacts; click the Add Service Contact link (Letter D). In this section, a filer has the option to eServe a contact via email and starting in the Spring of 2021 filers my choose to send the accepted documents to contacts via Certified and First Class Mail.
    service contacts

    1. Check any box in the eServe column to electronically serve a filer via email. IF YOU DO NOT WANT THE OPPOSING PARTY (OR ANY PARTY) TO HAVE ACCESS TO A CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENT NEVER E-SERVE THEM. E-SERVING A PARTY MEANS THAT YOU, THE FILER, CONSENTS TO THEM HAVING ACCESS TO THE DOCUMENT REGARDLESS OF THE SECURITY SETTING.
    2. The Mail Service column allows users to send their accepted documents via Certified or First Class Mail
    3. In the Name column, a filer may add or edit an address for Mail Service. However, only the contact’s name will show unless the filer selects a Mail Service type in the previous column.
    4. As always, filers may click the Add Service Contact link to add new contacts to a filing.
    5. Filers will want to make sure the Return Address listed is correct for any Mail Service returned to them.

    Learn More about Service Contacts and our new Mail Service via Certified and First Class Mail

  7. Filing Fees – Select a payment method to pay estimated fees. The filing fees auto-populate from the court based on the case type, document type(s), and optional services filers select. If the fees seem incorrect to you, you may need to change one of these types.

    Filing Fees

    Please read this article regarding the use of Debit Cards with e-filing.

    Fee Waivers – If you have a waiver of fees for your case, you will need to make sure the fee amounts correcty populate, but then select a Waiver Payment type to avoid the charges listed in this section. Learn how to create a waiver payment account here

  8. Review & Submit – Finalize your filing, review, and submit.
    Filing Fees

    1. If you are Filing for an Attorney select them from the menu or click the Add Attorney link.
    2. When a firm uses any sort of Client Matter No, the filer may enter it here. If you want an unofficial copy of the filing to go to anyone associated with the case, like a client, enter their email(s) here. Note: this is different from a service contact, and it, along with the client matter number, are for your internal purposes only.
    3. If your court has the option to leave the clerk a memo, enter any sort of note here in the Note to Clerk box.
    4. Review your entire filing for accuracy, and check the I have verified my filing information. box to acknowledge you have reviewed all information.

    Click the Submit Filing button. Once filers click the button, the application immediately sends all documents to the court’s filing clerk for review. The system will then show the filing as Pending. The court assigns a submission time once the system completes its upload of all documents, and the court returns an Envelope Number.
     
    Pre-authorization of Fees – It is important to note that when you submit your filing, the court does a pre-authorization on your card for the filing fees. If the court rejects the filing, then they will not settle that pre-authorization, and it will eventually fall off your card within 3 to 10 business days from the date of the clerk’s rejection depending on your banking institution. Learn more about the pre-authorization of fees here

Congratulations! You have submitted your filing to File on an Existing Case. The court will review it, and email you with a response in short time depending on their backlog. You can always go to the Filing Status page at any time to see where the filing stands.