Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties to Offer E-filing

Legal Alert

July 2016

Effective July 1, 2016, Monterey County Superior Court will mandate the electronic filing of unlawful detainer and other legal documents to the court (e-filing). Pro per defendants will be exempt from the e-filing requirement.

The Santa Cruz Superior Court started permissive e-filing in several civil case types, including unlawful detainers, on March 21, 2016.

As the name implies, e-filing allows parties to transmit documents directly to a court electronically. The system is being utilized by an increasing number of courts seeking to create a faster, paperless system.  E-filing is now available in some form in 12 counties throughout California.  Currently, courts in 35 of California’s 58 counties have active electronic filing programs underway, with the majority of those expected to be implemented by the end of 2017.

In addition to Sacramento and Merced, the Northern California office of Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP now offers e-filing in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. On average, cases filed via e-file have reduced the eviction process by four days in Sacramento.  Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP is hopeful that similar results may be obtained in these other counties as well.

If you have any questions about utilizing e-filing for your case, please feel free to contact our Northern California office at 800-525-1690.

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