Orange County Superior Court

Information about filing court documents in Orange County, California

COVID-19: The Court has a large backlog. If your filing has a court transaction number, it has been submitted to the Court and will be processed.

March 17 through May 22 were holidays for the purposes of computing civil documents under Code of Civil Procedure sections 12 and 12a. Documents received during the holiday period will be deemed filed on May 26, the Court's first business day.

Newly submitted filings will be processed as soon as possible. Please note that this may take between several days and several weeks depending on the documents you are filing.

Services

eFiling Civil Limited (Mandatory)
Maximum file size: 35 MB per document / 60 MB total
 Civil Unlimited (Mandatory)
Maximum file size: 35 MB per document / 60 MB total
 Civil Complex (Mandatory)
Maximum file size: 35 MB per document / 60 MB total
 Small Claims (Voluntary)
Maximum file size: 35 MB per document / 60 MB total
 
Probate (Mandatory)
Maximum file size: 35 MB per document / 60 MB total
 
Family (Mandatory)
Maximum file size: 25 MB per document / 35 MB total
Orange County Family Court uses eFileCA. Learn more>>
eService
Available (Where eFiling is mandatory CA Rules of Court require that—with the exception of documents that must be personally served—documents be eServed)
Physical Filing
Maximum file size: 25 MB per document / Unlimited total
 Available for documents that are exempt from eFiling.
Courtesy Copy Delivery
Maximum file size: 25 MB per document / Unlimited total
Available
Court Research Unavailable at this time because of COVID-19 court access restrictions

Court locations

Court address Services
North Justice Center
1275 North Berkeley Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832
eFiling
Deadline: Before 11:45 p.m. (For delivery same court day)
 Physical Filing
Deadline: Before 11:00 a.m. (For delivery next court day)
Area surcharge: +$25.00

Courtesy Copy Delivery
Deadline: Before 11:00 a.m. (For delivery next court day)
Area surcharge: +$25.00
Court Research
Unavailable at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions
Lamoreaux Justice Center
341 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
 eFiling
Deadline: Before 11:45 p.m. (For delivery same court day)
 Physical Filing
Deadline: Before 11:00 a.m. (For delivery next court day)
Area surcharge: +$25.00
 Courtesy Copy Delivery
Deadline: Before 11:00 a.m. (For delivery next court day)
Area surcharge: +$25.00
Court Research
Unavailable at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions
Central Justice Center
700 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
 eFiling
Deadline: Before 11:45 p.m. (For delivery same court day)
 Physical Filing
Deadline: Before 11:00 a.m. (For delivery next court day)
 Courtesy Copy Delivery
Deadline: Before 5:00 p.m. (For delivery next court day)
 Court Research
Unavailable at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions
Civil Complex Center
751 West Santa Ana Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
 eFiling
Deadline: Before 11:45 p.m. (For delivery same court day)
 Physical Filing
Deadline: Before 11:00 a.m. (For delivery next court day)
 Courtesy Copy Delivery
Deadline: Before 11:00 a.m. (For delivery next court day)
 Court Research
Unavailable at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions
West Justice Center
8141 13th Street
Westminster, CA 92683
 eFiling
Deadline: Before 11:45 p.m. (For delivery same court day)
 Physical Filing
Deadline: Before 11:00 a.m. (For delivery next court day)
Area surcharge: +$25.00
 Courtesy Copy Delivery
Deadline: Before 11:00 a.m. (For delivery next court day)
Area surcharge: +$25.00
 Court Research
Unavailable at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions
Harbor Justice Center
4601 Jamboree Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660
 eFiling
Deadline: Before 11:45 p.m. (For delivery same court day)
 Physical Filing
Deadline: Before 11:00 a.m. (For delivery next court day)
 Courtesy Copy Delivery
Deadline: Before 11:00 a.m. (For delivery next court day)
 Court Research
Unavailable at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions

Contact information

Department
Superior Court Main Information Line (657) 622-6878
Civil Unlimited (657) 622-8451
Civil Limited (657) 622-8451
Family Law (657) 622-8457
Probate / Mental Health (657) 622-8452
eFiling help eFiling@occourts.org
Inquiries form Visit now>>

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Useful resources

FAQs

Which documents are exempt from eFiling?

In Civil case types:

  • Bench Warrants
  • Subpoenaed documents
  • Labor Commissioner deposit of cash or check must be submitted over the counter (the Notice of Appeal of Labor Commissioner is a mandatory eFile) 
  • Bond payment 

In Family Law case types:

  • Case processing
    • Bonds
    • Ex-Parte filings
    • FL-306 Request to Continue Hearing & FL-307 Order on Request to Continue Hearing
    • Motion for a New Trial
  • Case type specific
    • Adoption - Memos to Set
    • Case Initiating Out-of-State Registration filings
    • Case Initiating Domestic Violence filings
    • Special Immigrant Juvenile Findings that include FL-935 Application and Order for Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
    • Surrogacy filings
    • Writs/Abstracts
  • Courtroom
    • Closing arguments
    • Documents for cases under submission
    • Hearing documents over 25MB that cannot be compressed
    • Objection/Responses to a Ruling
    • Trial Exhibits
  • Documents that require a judge's signature, including but not limited to:
    • Application for Publication/Posting
    • Findings and Order After Hearing
    • Non-Summary Dissolution Judgment Forms (i.e.: FL-180 and FL-250), and Judgment Packets
    • QDRO, and QDRO packets
    • Request for Dismissal
    • Stipulation and Orders (including propose)

As of June 17, 2020. Review the list>>

In Probate/Mental Health case types:

  • Affidavit re Real Property of Small Value
  • Financial Documents submitted by Private Professional Conservator
  • Subpoenaed documents
  • Undertakings
  • Will/Codicils – originals for filing or safekeeping
  • Order to Deposit Money and Receipt of Depository

NOTE: In light of the pandemic related to COVID-19 and until further notice, electronic submission of bonds and letters will be allowed and require a signature (digital or otherwise). Letters without signatures will not be accepted. [Government Code section 68150 subdivision (c)].

As of June 12, 2020. Review the list>>

How can I eFile confidential or under seal documents?

If your document is filed under seal or is confidential pursuant to a statute, no special action is needed. 

However, if your document is to be sealed pursuant to a court order, please note this in the "Message to eFile Clerk" and place "Filed under seal pursuant to court order dated MM/DD/YY" under the title of each document on the first page.

How do I eFile a Stipulation and Order in Orange County?

To file a Stipulation and Order in Orange County, you only need to upload the Word versions of both the Stipulation document and the Proposed Order document. 

The One Legal system will convert each document to PDF and then send both versions to the court. 

Please keep a hard copy of the PDF file with signatures in case the court requests it.

How do I indicate fee exemptions in Orange County?

If the party you represent is exempt from filing fees, you must make a note of this fact in the Message to the Clerk field in the order workflow before submitting your filing.

How do I request a refund for court fees from Orange County?

Orange County requires a refund request letter in addition to the standard refund request form used by One Legal.

Follow the instructions in this article to request a refund from Orange County court: How to request a refund>>

Please note: OCSC is particularly impacted by requests for refunds, so extended delays are anticipated.



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