These instructions are to Initiate a New Case with a Request to Waive Court Fees in the Los Angeles Civil Courts. If a case already exists in the court system, you will want to File on an Existing Case.

These steps take you through the process of starting a brand new case in the Los Angeles Civil Courts and submitting it with a waiver. It also 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.

Initiate a New Case with a Request to Waive Court Fees

From the Dashboard, click Initiate a New Case

  1. In Section 1, Select Court & Case Type select the Court, Case Type, and Enter the required Los Angeles – Civil Additional Case Data (these fields may vary from case type to case type).
  2. In Section 2, Add Documents – Upload ONLY your Complaint, Summons, and Civil Case Coversheet (with the Addendumn attached to it).
  3. In Section 3, New Case PartiesONLY enter the Plaintiff’s info that you are requesting the waiver for. Fill out all the information in that section completely, and then select Fee Waiver from the Fee Exemption drop down.

  4. When you select Fee Waiver, you will receive a popup that says, “When requesting a fee waiver, you must upload a Request to Waive Court Fees document.” Close that popup, and scroll back up to Section 2.
  5. Back at Section 2, the document type Request to Waive Court Fees will now be auto-populated. Click to Upload that request.

    Your uploaded documents should now look something like this.
  6. Scroll down to Section 3, and enter all remaining New Case Parties.
  7. In Section 4, choose the party or parties you are filing on behalf of.
  8. Service Contacts – Add service contacts to your filing to perform electronic service. If none are listed, or a filer needs to add additional service contacts; click the Add Service Contact link (Letter D). In this section, a filer has the option to eServe a contact via email and starting in the Spring of 2021 filers my choose to send the accepted documents to contacts via Certified and First Class Mail.
    New Mail Service via Certified or First Class Mail

    1. Check any box in the eServe column to electronically serve a filer via email
    2. The Mail Service column allows users to send their accepted documents via Certified or First Class Mail
    3. In the Name column, a filer may add or edit an address for Mail Service. However, only the contact’s name will show unless the filer selects a Mail Service type in the previous column.
    4. As always, filers may click the Add Service Contact link to add new contacts to a filing.
    5. Filers will want to make sure the Return Address listed is correct for any Mail Service returned to them.

    Learn More about Service Contacts and our new Mail Service via Certified and First Class Mail

  9. In Section 5, Filing Fees, before submitting the filing, ALWAYS confirm your fees are waived.
    1. Select a payment account (when submitting a filing with a waiver, the court still requires you to pick a payment method).
    2. Click the Confirm Fee Calculation link to make sure the Grand Total is $0.00.
      Note: Mail Service via Certified and First Class Mail is a separate service from the e-filing system. Therefore, fees still apply for this additional service even if a filer has a waiver on a case. If necessary, filers might want to Create a Separate Serve Only filing to request this service.

  10. Review & Submit – Finalize your filing, review, and submit.

    1. If you are Filing for an Attorney select them from the menu or click the Add Attorney link.
    2. 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.
    3. If your court has the option to leave the clerk a memo, enter any sort of note here in the Note to Clerk box.
    4. 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 Initiate a New Case with a Request to Waive Court Fees. 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.