First published on April 6, 2017. Updated on November 8, 2017.
Los Angeles Superior Court has launched its long-awaited electronic court filing system, starting with eFiling in probate cases in May 2017 and extending to further case areas over the next 18 months.
The court has chosen the same free market model — so far adopted by 16 other courts in California — that allows filers to choose their preferred vendor from a range of court-certified suppliers, referred to as eFiling service providers (EFSPs).
We’re proud to have been one of California’s very first certified eFiling service providers. Today, we’re active in all the state’s eFiling courts and successfully file thousands of documents for our customers every day.
How do I eFile with One Legal?
eFiling with One Legal is simple. Just log in and click on the File and serve icon on the home screen. We’re a comprehensive court filing service covering every courthouse in the state — electronic or otherwise. Your filing is submitted to the court electronically wherever the court allows it, and elsewhere we’ll print, assemble, and hand-deliver your documents.
When will eFiling begin in Los Angeles for each case type?
Court officials in Los Angeles have announced a phased introduction of electronic filing by major case categories, beginning with probate in May 2017 and encompassing all civil case types by mid-to-late 2018. Here’s the court’s expected timeline:
|Permissive||eFiling in One Legal||Mandatory|
|Probate||Available now||Available now||June 5, 2017|
|Family Law||March 2018 (expected)||March 2018 (expected)||April 2018 (expected)|
|Limited Civil||June 2018 (expected)||June 2018 (expected)||July 2018 (expected)|
|Unlimited Civil||August 2018 (expected)||August 2018 (expected)||Sept. 3, 2018 (expected)|
|Complex Civil||N/A||July 5, 2018 (expected)||July 5, 2018 (expected)|
Note that while most dates are anticipated, only probate is confirmed by the court at this stage.
How can you prepare for eFiling in LASC?
The rules and procedures that apply to electronic court filing are a little different to those that apply to physical filing. Therefore, to ensure a successful submission, it’s important that you’re fully up to speed with the court’s requirements.
To help, our in-house training team have prepared a range of educational resources, all of which are available free for customers and non-customers to view and download:
Instant Expert Cheat Sheet: The Instant Expert guide to eFiling
Downloadable guide: How to prepare your law firm for electronic court filing
Downloadable guide: How to produce a court-friendly PDF
Live webinar: How to prepare for probate eFiling in Los Angeles
Recorded training: How to prepare for probate eFiling in Los Angeles
We’ll also be posting a copy of our training slides and a video recording of the webinar online soon.
Interested in a different case type? Don’t worry. We’ll be providing further training, including live sessions at the Law Library in downtown Los Angeles as we approach the launch dates for family law eFiling and civil eFiling. Sign up for our weekly email to ensure that you don’t miss out on updates >>
How to manage the transition to eFiling
While rolling out eFiling by case category gives the court time to test internal processes and ensure a smooth implementation, it can be frustrating for general practice law firms or those working across multiple practice areas.
In these circumstances, it pays to work with a full-service legal support vendor, like One Legal. We’re both a highly-rated electronic filing service and an experienced on-the-ground court filing and process serving provider.
Our quick and straightforward workflow automatically lets you know whether your document can be eFiled or whether it requires physical filing. You just enter your details and upload your documents — we’ll make sure your documents get delivered as efficiently as possible.
Ready to get started? Learn more about eFiling in LA County Superior Court with One Legal >>