The Fourth Appellate District divisions have several programs for electronically submitting documents to the court. For clarity, we use the terminology the court website employs: "electronic filing," "electronic submission," and "e-briefs."

  • E-filing: Filing a document online in lieu of paper. All divisions of the Fourth Appellate District offer this, for selected documents. Where TrueFiling is in effect, use of e-filing is mandatory. Consult ADI alerts and the court website for the phase-in of TrueFiling in the Fourth Appellate District.
  • E-submission: Submission of briefs and petitions for rehearing and review to the Court of Appeal online, in addition to the normal paper copies (which constitute the official filing documents). It applies only where TrueFiling is not in effect and paper copies are being used.
  • E-briefs: "Electronic briefs" contain hyperlinks to the record and authorities cited. For the most part, this program is inapplicable to appointed counsel, who are not compensated for the costs of creating such briefs.

E-filing and e-submission of documents to court does not provide those documents to ADI or other counsel. 

Choosing the option of "cc: E-mail Address" sends a receipt for the filing to recipients, but does not attach the document itself. Counsel must serve that separately.



Where TrueFiling is in effect, filing is governed by local rule 5 of the Fourth District Local Rules. The previous rules for e-filing then no longer apply. For courts not yet using TrueFiling, the court will accept for electronic filing, in lieu of paper filing, the documents listed on the court’s website at the time of filing. Consult ADI alerts and the court website for current information about each court.

The electronic filing is a substitute for a paper original and any required copies. The court will acknowledge receipt. If the court accepts e-filing for a given document, counsel will not be compensated for the costs of a paper filing, in the absence of extenuating circumstances.

See the ADI Cheat Sheet for information about service options.



Documents that must be submitted electronically, in addition to all paper copies required by the Rules of Court, are listed on the court’s website.

How to submit electronically

Documents can be submitted to the court online at the following links:


Document specifications: Documents must be a single, text-searchable PDF file, no more than 5 MB in size, and an exact duplicate of the paper copy.

Terms of Use (external site link): Among other terms, users must:

  • Furnish information the court requires for case processing;
  • Take all reasonable steps to ensure that the document does not contain defective or malicious computer code, including without limitation computer viruses or "malware" that might be harmful or damaging to the service and to other users;
  • Avoid taking any action that might damage or compromise the security of the service or the court website, or render the service inaccessible to other users; and
  • Comply with any court requirements designed to ensure the integrity of the service and to protect sensitive personal information, including the court's protective Nondisclosure of Identity Policy, as described in the following section.

Nondisclosure of Identity Policy (PDF): This policy is set forth in the California Style Manual (4th ed. 2000) section 5:9 et seq. and prescribes that documents must protect against disclosing the identity of protected persons by avoiding use of full names and other identifying information.

  • Persons protected include living victims of sex crimes, minors, LPS conservatees, jurors, and some victims and witnesses in criminal matters.
  • Identifying information includes last names, middle names or middle initials, street addresses, full birth dates, parent's last name if same as minor's, siblings' first names if the grouping would tend to identify the family, etc.

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