San Francisco County Superior Court

Information about filing court documents in San Francisco County, California

Important: San Francisco Superior Court requires different means of delivery depending on the case category and case type of your filing and whether you are initiating a new case or filing into an existing case.

As of July 1, 2021, Civil Limited and Civil Unlimited case initiation and subsequent filings will be directly eFiled with the Court. For other filings, One Legal staff will review your submission and ensure that it is either physically filed or electronically delivered through the File&ServeXpress portal on your behalf. Please consult the table below to determine how your documents will be filed.

Services

eFiling
Maximum file size: 35 MB per document / 60 MB total
Civil Limited (Mandatory for case initiations and subsequent filings as of July 1, 2021)
Civil Unlimited (Mandatory for case initiations and subsequent filings as of July 1, 2021)
 Unlawful detainers (Mandatory—subsequent filings only—case initiating filings must be physically filed)
eDelivery
Where required by rules of court, filings are submitted on your behalf through the court's portal

Maximum file size: 20 MB per document / 120 MB total
Civil Limited (Mandatory—case initiating filings until July 1, 2021)
Civil Unlimited (Mandatory—case initiating filings until July 1, 2021)
Civil Complex, including Asbestos (Mandatory for case initiating filings and subsequent filing as of July 1, 2021)
Probate—Trust and Descendants Estates (Mandatory—case initiating and subsequent filings as of July 1, 2021)
Family Law—Dissolution cases (Mandatory for both case initiations and subsequent filings)
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
Probate—Trust and Descendant's Estates (Mandatory—case initiating filings until July 1, 2021)
Probate—Other case types, e.g. Guardianships & Conservatorships
Unlawful detainers (case initiating filings only—subsequent filings will be eFiled)
Family Law—Non-Dissolution cases
Small Claims
Other case initiations not eligible for eFiling. See list>>
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
Civic Center Courthouse
(San Francisco-Family; San Francisco-McAllister)
400 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
 eFiling
Deadline: Before 11:45 p.m. (For delivery same court day)
 eDelivery
Deadline: Before 11:00 a.m. (For delivery same court day)
 Physical Filing
Deadline: Before 11:00 a.m. (For delivery same court day)
Area surcharge: +$40
 Courtesy Copy Delivery
Deadline: Before 11:00 a.m. (For delivery same court day)
Area surcharge: +$40
 Court Research
Unavailable at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions

Contact information

Department Phone number
Civil filings - Physical (415) 551-3876
Civil filings - Electronic (415) 551-4030
Probate / Appeals filings (415) 551-5795
Family Law See options>>

View the divisions for additional contact information>>

Useful resources

FAQs

How much does it cost to file in San Francisco?

eFiling—direct eFiling for subsequent civil filings $12/filing
eDelivery—where mandated, filing delivered on your behalf through the File&ServeXpress portal $40/filing
Physical filing—Where neither eFiling nor eDelivery are available and papers must be printed and physically delivered From $107.50/filing (see the pricing page for full details)

How should Probate filings be submitted?

San Francisco County Superior Court has specific requirements for Probate documents and which case subcategories must be eFiled and physically filed.

Probate subcategory Case initiations Subsequent filings
Estate Matters Will be eDelivered on your behalf using the court's approved vendor. (As of July 1, 2021) Will be eDelivered on your behalf using the court's approved vendor.
Trust Matters Will be eDelivered on your behalf using the court's approved vendor. (As of July 1, 2021) Will be eDelivered on your behalf using the court's approved vendor.
Conservatorships Must be physically filed, offered by One Legal.
Guardianships Must be physically filed, offered by One Legal.

Which documents are exempt from eFiling?

  • Documents Issued by Clerk
    • Issuance of summons and writs
    • Abstracts 
    • Out of State Commissions
    • Certificate of Facts RE: Unsatisfied Judgment
    • Order of Examinations
    • Non-electronic Exhibits or Other Items
    • Exhibits to declarations or other documents that are non-text articles
    • physical objects or other documents not readily susceptible to E-filing (a notice of such filing must be filed and served electronically.)


  • Documents served by hand in open court during trial: 
    • Motions, Memoranda of points & authorities, and other matters presented to the Court in writing for decision) may be served conventionally. 
    • The document and proof of service must be E-Filed before the Close of Business on the court day following service by hand in open court. 
    • In addition, the proof of service must reference the date the document was originally served in open court. 
  • Motions with Jurisdictional Time Limits 
    • The following may be filed and served conventionally: Motions with jurisdictional time limits including motions for new trial, motions JNOV, motions to quash service for personal jurisdiction, any notice of appeal, and petitions for writs. The Court’s service copy of any petition to the Court of Appeal for extraordinary relief must be served electronically. 
    • Request to Waive Court Fees**; Request to Waive Additional Court Fees; Order on Court Fee Waiver 
    • Original Bonds 
  • Petition for Guardian ad Litem
    • A Petition for Guardian ad Litem must be submitted in original form to the Presiding Judge’s department. The filing fee must be paid in the Clerk’s Office, Room 103, before submission of the petition. 

**Despite the above listed in the Court's local rules, the Court's FAQ reads "Applications for waiver of court fees and costs are accepted electronically in cases that are electronically filed. Per CRC 2.252 (f) The court must permit electronic filing of an application for waiver of court fees and costs in any proceeding in which the court accepts electronic filings."

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

Which Civil case types are not eligible for eFiling?

The following Civil case types must still be submitted physically with the court:

  • Abuse of process
  • Administrative agency review
  • Bad faith
  • Coordination
  • Claim opposing forfeiture
  • Petition for change of gender and for issuance of new birth certificate
  • Civil harassment
  • Elder and adult dependent abuse
  • Petition and order appointing guardian ad litem
  • Petition for firearms restraining order
  • General negligence
  • Labor commission appeal
  • Labor
  • Landlord/tenant - commercial
  • Labor judgment
  • Limited civil appeal
  • Landlord/tenant - residential
  • Petition for change of name and gender
  • Petition for change of name
  • Order of examination
  • Other exempt status complaints
  • Quiet title - McEnerney Act
  • Renewal of judgment
  • State bar judgment
  • Transfer from superior court - non-trial delay
  • Sexual harassment
  • Summary judgment
  • Sister state judgment
  • Transfer from superior court - trial delay
  • Tax judgment
  • Tax
  • Unlawful detainer - commercial
  • Unlawful detainer - residential
  • Unlawful detainer - drug-related
  • Petition for relief for service members
  • Petition for vehicle forfeiture

How do I pay Court Reporter fees in San Francisco?

For hearings where the moving party must pay a fee for a court reporter provided by the court, the following procedures must be followed to ensure the court is able to access the fee.

The firm representing the moving party must submit a cover letter or notice in the same eFiling transaction as the moving papers. If the cover letter/notice is not submitted with the moving papers, the entire eFiling transaction (including the moving papers) will be rejected.

The cover letter/notice should specify the case name, case number, and name of the party that is paying the fee. Indicate "Notice of Payment for Court Reporter Fee" in the Document Field.

Self-represented parties may pay the fee using this method or may pay at the civil filing counter in the Civic Center Courthouse (room 103).

See full details in the court's special instructions>>


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