These instructions are to File on an Existing Case in the Los Angeles Civil Courts—meaning this case already exists in the 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 in the Los Angeles Civil Courts, and shows you how to electronically serve your documents on parties and / or attorneys in the case through the use of service contacts. Once your new case filing is submitted, you will receive email notifications from the court on the status of your filing.
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From the Dashboard, click File on an Existing Case
- Select your Case, or Add a Case to retrieve your case from the court’s system.
- Select your Document Type and enter a Document Description (if required). Then click the Click to Upload link to add your document.
- Enter your Additional Info that the court requires for this filing type.
- Select a Payment Method, and click Confirm Fee Calculation to see the estimated fees.
- Select service contacts to add Additional e-Service to your filing.
- Select the Filing Attorney if necessary, review all information for accuracy, and Submit Filing.
File on an Existing Case
- 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 some or all of the case number to filter your results.
- Add Documents – Define, select, and upload the documents that make up your filing.
- Select the Document Type: The list of documents you see available in the Document Type field is prescribed by the Court. 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. If you enter some of the Document Type name in its form field, you will filter your choices down (ie. type ‘Petition’ to see petition choices). Some courts provide an option like “Other”, “Other Document Not Listed” or “Document – Other” which may work for you as well.
- Enter the Document Description: After making your selection, type the true document title in the document description field. Note: For many document types, the court will not allow for the entry of a document description. In that case, the field will be greyed out.
- 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.
- Click the Edit button to edit a description, delete a document, replace a document, or add an attachment.
- Additional Info – Enter any additional information that is required for this filing type. The documents and the fields in this section will vary based on the document types selected in section 2.
- Choose the Filed By party for this the filing refers to or concerns.
- Choose the As To party for this the filing refers to or concerns.
Note: These fields vary by case type and document type. The fields Filed By and As To only represent two of the many options the court may display here.
- Filing Fees – Select a payment account, and click Confirm Fee Calculation to see the estimated fees. Note:The filing fees are auto-populated from the court based on the case type and document type(s) selected. If the fees seem incorrect to you, you may need to change one of these types above.
- Additional e-Service – Add service contacts to your filing to perform electronic service. If there aren’t any service contacts listed, or you need to add additional service contacts, click the Add Service Contact link. If there are service contacts listed that shouldn’t be there, you can remove them if you added them; only the person who added the service contact can delete a service contact.
- Review & Submit – Finalize your filing, review, and submit.
- If you are Filing for an Attorney select them from the menu or click the Add Attorney link.
- If your firm uses any sort of Client Matter No, 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.
- If your court has the option to leave the clerk a memo, enter any sort of note here in the Note to Clerk box.
- Review your entire filing for accuracy, and check the Verify box to acknowledge you have and also agree to any service provider fees.
Click the Submit Filing button. Once you click the button, your filing is sent directly to the court’s filing clerk for review. Your filing will show Pending and you will get credit for the submission time once all documents are uploaded to the court.
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.