Monday, March 4, 2013

E-Filing in Civil Cases Takes Effect at San Diego Superior Court - UPDATED

Electronic filing has finally arrived at the San Diego Superior Court.

Beginning today, all new cases and all previously-filed-and-imaged cases may be e-filed, while class actions, consolidated actions, coordinated actions and all provisionally complex actions under CRC rules 3.400-3.403 MUST be e-filed. While the orders refer you to the San Diego Superior Court's Web site for more e-filing information, there is no link on the home page. Click here for the Court's e-filing information.

The sole e-filing service provider is One Legal

The main exception to the mandatory and permissive e-filing requirements are construction defect cases, which will continue to be e-filed through LexisNexis.

One Legal has released all sign-up information and pricing one its web site.

The pricing is pretty attractive: $9.99 per filing and 99 cents per e-served party. One Legal will advance all court filing fees and bill the filing party. No additional fees.

Signing up took about 3 minutes to complete.

If you have used the service already, please email us to let us know how it went.

Other process servers are preparing for what would seem to be a major change in their level of business. One company is stressing the personal touch they offer. 

Nevertheless, the future is here.

UPDATE: The e-filing submission deadline is 4:45 p.m. Pacific Time for e-filing orders. So, it's not like CM/ECF with the Federal courts where the deadline is usually 11:59 p.m.

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