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Submissions & E-Filing

Electronic Filing Information for the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court provides a submissions form for electronic copies of documents as well as the TrueFiling e-file system for specific case types. Please review the requirements and specific rules for each path below.

Submissions

Electronic submission is the submission of an electronic copy of a document to the reviewing court.

Briefs or writs submitted electronically are not a substitute for, but an addition to, the required paper filings which constitute the official court record.

You may submit one electronic copy in addition to the original and eight paper copies for any of the following documents:

  • Petition for Review (PR)
  • Answer to Petition for Review (APR)
  • Reply to Answer to Petition for Review (RTA)
     
  • Opening Brief on the Merits (OBM)
  • Answer Brief on the Merits (ABM)
  • Reply Brief on the Merits (RBM)
     
  • Amicus Curiae Brief (ACB)
  • Answer to Amicus Curiae Brief (AAC)
     
  • Appellant's Opening Brief (AOB)
  • Respondent's Brief (RB)
  • Appellant's Reply Brief (ARB)
     
  • Letter Brief (LB)
  • Supplemental Brief (SB)
  • Supplemental Reply Brief (SRB)
     
  • Petition for Rehearing (PFR)
  • Answer to Petition for Rehearing (ARP)

  • Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (PWH)
  • Amended Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (AWH)
  • Informal Response to Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (IHC)
  • Reply to Informal Response to Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (RHC)
     
  • Petition for Writ of Mandate/Prohibition (PWM)
  • Opposition to Petition for Writ of Mandate/Prohibition (OPW)
  • Reply to Opposition to Petition for Writ of Mandate/Prohibition (RPW)
     
  • Petition for Writ of Error Coram Nobis (PCN)
  • Petition for Writ of Error Coram Vobis (PCV)
  • Exceptions/Briefing re Referee's Report (EXC)
  • Return to Order to Show Cause (RSC)
  • Traverse (TRV)

Start Your Electronic Document Submission

The Supreme Court provides a form (linked from the button below) which includes detailed submission instructions and requirements on uploading any supporting documentation. Documents must:

  • Follow name convention Case-Number_Abbreviation-of-Document-Title_Filing-Party.pdf (Ex: S123456_ACB_StateFarmIns.pdf)
  • Be a single, text-searchable PDF file
  • Be unlocked (i.e., no passwords or saving as a PDF/A)
  • Be no more than 25 MB in size

 

Please complete the form below and click on the submit button located at the end of the page. Note that your document will not be processed unless areas marked with an asterisk ("*") are completed.


 

E-Filing with the Supreme Court

Pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 8.70 and California Supreme Court Rules Regarding Electronic Filing, filings for the following documents in civil and criminal proceedings and matters arising from a judgment of death can be made through the court's electronic filing system (TrueFiling). Electronic filing is the filing of an electronic document in lieu of a paper original. The court requires one paper copy of each electronic document filed in proceedings under rules 8.380-8.385, 8.485-8.486, 8.495-8.498, 8.500-8.508, 9.13, and 9.60 delivered to the court within two court days after submission through TrueFiling. The Court requires one paper copy of each electronic document filed in matters arising from a judgment of death mailed to the court within two court days after submission through TrueFiling. Paper copies must comply with the California Supreme Court Rules Regarding Electronic FilingPDF file type icon and California Rules of Court. Official court correspondence and notifications, including letters and orders, will be sent to all parties via regular mail only.

Pursuant to California Supreme Court Rules Regarding Electronic Filing, self-represented litigants may, but are not required to, register for electronic filing. Self-represented litigants must comply with the California Supreme Court Rules Regarding Electronic Filing and the requirements of TrueFiling if they elect to register.

 

File your documents through TrueFiling

All documents filed before the court issues its decision to grant or deny review, including:

  1. Petitions for review; answers, replies;
  2. Applications to permit the filing of a petition, answer, reply, or attachment that exceeds the length limits set by California Rules of Court, rule 8.504(d);
  3. Applications to extend the time to file an answer or reply;
  4. Motions for relief from default for failure to timely file a petition, answer, or reply;
  5. All other applications and motions in these proceedings filed before the court issues its decision to grant or deny review; and
  6. Any correspondence filed in connection with the documents in (A) – (E).
  7. Amicus curiae letters under California Rules of Court, rule 8.500(g) and requests for depublication and related documents under California Rules of Court, rule 8.1125. may be filed electronically on a voluntary basis.  (See Rule 4.)

All documents filed before the court issues an order to show cause or its ruling on the petition, including:

  1. Petitions for writ of habeas corpus; informal responses, replies;
  2. Applications to permit the filing of a petition, informal response, reply, or attachment that exceeds the length limits set by California Rules of Court, rule 8.204(c);
  3. Applications to extend the time to file an informal response or reply;
  4. Motions for relief from default for failure to timely file an informal response, or reply;
  5. All other applications and motions in these proceedings filed before the court issues an order to show cause or its ruling on the petition; and
  6. Any correspondence filed in connection with the documents in (A) – (E).

All documents filed before the court issues an alternative writ or its ruling on the petition, including:

  1. Petitions; preliminary responses, replies, and accusations against an attorney;
  2. Applications to permit the filing of a petition, preliminary response, reply, or attachment that exceeds the length limits set by California Rules of Court, rule 8.204(c);
  3. Applications to extend the time to file a preliminary response or reply;
  4. Motions for relief from default for failure to timely file a preliminary response, reply, or accusation against an attorney;
  5. All other applications and motions in these proceedings filed before the court issues an alternative writ or its ruling on the petition; and
  6. Any correspondence filed in connection with the documents in (A) – (E).

All documents filed in these matters. For purposes of this subdivision:

  1. Matters arising from a judgment of death include:
    1. Automatic appeals under California Rules of Court, rules 8.600-8.642;
    2. Habeas corpus proceedings in the court under California Rules of Court, rules 8.380-8.388 that involve a challenge to the validity of the petitioner’s death judgment, including proceedings before any referee appointed by the court to conduct a hearing following the court’s issuance of an order to show cause; and;
    3. Other original writ proceedings in the court under California Rules of Court, rules 8.485-8.493 that relate to an automatic appeal or a habeas corpus proceeding challenging the validity of the death judgment, including proceedings on petitions for a writ of mandate under Penal Code section 1405, subdivision (k).

E-Filing FAQ

Click on the questions below to reveal the answer(s); these pertain specifically to the Supreme Court of California.

No, please contact the help desk for TrueFiling by phone at (855) 959-8868 or by email at support@imagesoftinc.com.

Yes, please contact the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office at (415) 865-7000.

  • Petitions for review in civil proceedings: $710.
  • Answers to petitions for review in civil proceedings: $390.
  • Please check the appropriate government code section, rule(s) of court or contact the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office at (415) 865-7000 if you have questions regarding the court’s fees.
  • Convenience fees are charged by TrueFiling. For questions regarding convenience fees, please contact the help desk for TrueFiling by phone at (855) 959-8868 or by email at support@imagesoftinc.com.

 Yes.  Everything in the Table of Contents, including the words “Table of Contents” needs to be bookmarked.

Yes, the 1st page or cover page of all documents must be page 1 and numbered consecutively thereafter throughout the entire document. The cover page number may be suppressed and need not appear on the cover page.

No, but you must have a proof of service. You can submit your proof of service as a separate document in TrueFiling or include it as the last page(s) of your filed document.

 Yes. See formatting guidelines for creating bookmarks

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