CALIFORNIA STATE COURT &
FEDERAL COURTS ELECTRONIC FILINGS:
Across the country, more and more courts have increasingly implemented eFiling as a legal practice. For some, it’s a well-established process – Federal Courts have required eFiling since the mid-1990s. At the state and county level, adoption has grown significantly in recent years.
However, the legal landscape will be significantly impacted by COVID-19 – and most California State Courts have move towards eFiling as a result of social distancing requirements necessary to ensure community health and safety. In Los Angeles County, for example, the judiciary has now expanded its electronic filing system to help prevent backlogs and facilitate court progress during the pandemic.
With this in mind, it’s important that Legal Professionals (Lawyers & Attorney) and Pro Se Clients (Latin for "in one's own behalf) have a Paralegal Partners that is fluent in the language of eFiling. Here are the top ten terms to know – and why you need to know them.
THE E-FILING PROCESS: AN OVERVIEW
What is e-filing in the first place? Simply put, it’s sending documents to a court’s computer system via a secure file transfer. If you’re undertaking legal action, filing into an ongoing matter, or reopening a previously closed case in a jurisdiction that either allows or requires parties to electronically submit documents or pleadings.
To e-file, you’ll need to make sure you have all the necessary documents converted into the required document type – most often a PDF – and that you have access to all the necessary websites.
Depending on your jurisdiction and the type of court, lawyers and paralegals, companies, and private individuals can use eFiling. However, if you or your firm are just starting out, it might be helpful to reach out to a legal support firm or process server with experience in eFiling to make sure you’re meeting the court’s standards.
Note: some state courts only allow lawyers or county clerks to e-file and you might need to register with the court to complete the process.
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