Pursuant to section 1010.6 of the Code of Civil Procedure, rule 2.253(b)(2) of the California Rules of Court, Orange County Superior Court Rule 352, Administrative Order 13/03, and Administrative Order 13/04 all documents filed by attorneys in probate, limited civil, unlimited civil, and complex civil actions, other than the original documents specified below must be filed electronically unless the Court rules otherwise. Self-represented parties are exempt from the mandatory electronic filing requirement set forth in Orange County Superior Court Local Rule 352, but are strongly encouraged to participate voluntarily in electronic filing and service.

Electronically filed documents subject to the mandatory electronic filing requirements in probate, limited civil, unlimited civil, and complex civil actions can be filed until midnight on the day that the filing is due, and will be considered timely pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6 subdivision (d)(1)(D). The document is “filed” at the date and time it is received by the court and the confirmation of receipt is created. See Cal. Rules of Court, Rule 2.259(a)(1). Any electronically filed document received by the Court on or after midnight will be file stamped on the next court day.

The following original documents may not be filed electronically:

For Civil Cases:

  • Bench Warrants;
  • Subpoenaed documents;
  • Labor Commissioner deposit of cash or check;
  • Bonds; and
  • Undertakings.

For Probate/Mental Health Cases:

  • Affidavit re: Real Property of Small Value;
  • Bonds;
  • Financial Documents submitted by Private Professional Conservator;
  • Letters (probate, guardianship, conservatorship);
  • Subpoenaed documents;
  • Undertakings;
  • Will/Codicils – originals for filing or safekeeping; and
  • Order to Deposit Money and Receipt of Depository

See Code of Civil Procedure, section 1010.6;

       California Rules of Court, rules 2.250-2.261;

       Orange County Superior Court Local Rule, 352;

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