San Francisco Superior Court

San Francisco Superior Court

Effective January 4, 2021, San Francisco Superior Court has added Family Law Dissolution cases to its list of mandatory eFiling and eService cases. It has also mandated electronic filing for original filings (Complaints and Petitions) in 21 General Civil case types, as well the Dissolution case type. This service is only available through File & ServeXpress, as of January 4.

We have training and customer support available for this electronic filing expansion project, should you need. On this page you can access printable training guides, video training services, or you can register for scheduled webinar training sessions. File & ServeXpress has been providing electronic filing and service in San Francisco Superior Court cases since 1998.

Civil & Probate Expansion

Updated June 24, 2021

Effective July 1, 2021, The San Francisco Superior Court will mandate additional Civil and Probate case types for new case filings, including asbestos cases. File & ServeXpress will support new case filing for all mandatory case types.

Click here to view the Court’s recent press release.

Criminal Expansion

Updated March 15, 2021

We are pleased to announce that San Francisco Superior Court has expanded its eFiling program with File & ServeXpress to include a pilot program for certain motion filings in Criminal cases. This new service became effective March 15, 2021 and is now live.

Documents & Guides

Case Expansion Overview
Case Initiation Guide
Registration Guide
Court Press Release

frequently asked questions

On July 1, filers will be required to electronically file Complaints and Petitions in additional General Civil and Probate case types. This expands the case types from those that became mandatory on January 1.
Civil: Personal Injury
  • Asbestos
Civil: General Civil (Limited) $0-$10,000
  • Compl Small Claims Juris Limit Assignee (Civil 3)
  • Confession of Judgement (Civil 2)
  • Construction (Civil 1)
  • Mass Tort (Civil 1)
  • Other Civil Petitions (Civil 3)
  • Petition for Compromise of Claim (Civil 3)
  • Petition to Confirm Arbitration Award (Civil 2)
Civil: General Civil (Limited) $10,001-$25,000
  • Compl Small Claims Juris Limit Assignee (Civil 3)
  • Confession of Judgment (Civil 2)
  • Construction (Civil 1)
  • Mass Tort (Civil 1)
  • Other Civil Petitions (Civil 3)
  • Petition for Compromise of Claim (Civil 3)
  • Petition to Confirm Arbitration Award (Civil 2)
Civil: General Civil (Unlimited) $25,001+
  • Abstract of Judgment
  • Antitrust/Unfair Competition (Civil 1)
  • Confession of Judgment (Civil 2)
  • Construction (Civil 1)
  • Contractual Arbitration
  • Declaratory Relief (Civil 2)
  • Injunctive Relief (Civil 1)
  • Mass Tort (Civil 1)
  • Other Civil Petitions (Civil 3)
  • Partnership & Corporate Governance (Civil 1)
  • Petition for Compromise of Claim (Civil 3)
  • Petition for Forfeiture/Asset Forfeiture (Civil 3)
  • Petition Relief Discovery Dispute Other State (Civil 3)
  • Petition to Confirm Arbitration Award (Civil 2)
  • Securities/Investment (Civil 2)
  • Toxic Tort/Environmental (Civil 1)
  • Writs of Mandate/Proh/Certi/Admin Agen (Civil 2)
Probate: Estate
  • Disclaimer
  • Petition by Public Administrator for Summary Disposition (PC 7660)
  • Petition for Authority to Give Consent for Medical Treatment
  • Petition for Letters of Administration
  • Petition for Letters of Administration with Will Annexed
  • Petition for Probate of Will & for Letters Testamentary
  • Petition for Spousal Property
  • Petition to Determine Succession to Real Property
  • Petition to Establish Fact of Birth
  • Petition to Establish Fact of Death
  • Petition to Establish Fact of Marriage
  • Probate Minor’s Contract
Probate: Trust
  • Ex Parte Trust Petition Ex Parte Trust Petition
  • Notice to Creditors Notice to Creditors
  • Substituted Judgment/Special Needs Trust Substituted Judgment/Special Needs Trust Agreement
  • Substituted Judgment/Special Needs Trust Substituted Judgment/Special Needs Trust Petition
  • Trust Other Probate
  • Trust Trust
  • Trust Trust Petition to Confirm Sale of Real Property
Electronic filing will become mandatory in Family Law Dissolution cases and for original filings (Complaints) in 21 General Civil case types and the Dissolution cases (Petitions).
  • Business Tort
  • Civil Rights
  • Comm Counts/Open Book Accts/Collections
  • Contract/Warranty
  • Defamation
  • Eminent Domain
  • Exempt Collections (Rule 3.740)
  • Family Law Dissolutions
  • Fraud
  • Intellectual Property
  • Malpractice – Medical/Dental
  • Other Non-Exempt Complaints
  • Personal Injury
  • Personal Injury/Property Damage-Non-Vehicle Related
  • Personal Injury/Property Damage-Vehicle Related
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Quiet Title-Real Property
  • RICO
  • Subrogation/Insurance
  • Uninsured Motorist
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • Wrongful Eviction
The following Probate documents must be submitted in original form for filing in the Clerk’s Office. Please refer to Local Rule 14.60 E.
  • Letters of Administration
  • Letters Testamentary
  • Original wills
  • Certified copies of Death Certificates with Affidavits pursuant to Probate Code 13100, et seq.
  • Certified copies of Birth Certificates
  • Certified copy of Spousal Property order
  • Certified copy of Letters when required for final distribution
  • Inventory and Appraisal
  • Confidential Statement of Birth Date and Driver’s License Number
  • Confidential Documents
Yes, you will need a File & Serve account to file your documents and to receive the filings in your case.  You can register your firm here.  There are also third-party filing companies, approved by the court, who can file documents on your behalf.  A list of those third-party filing companies can be found on the Court’s website here.  If you use a third-party filing company, you will still need an account so that they can file documents on your behalf.
After the Complaint is accepted, your documents will be available for download on File & ServeXpress.
After the Court accepts your electronically submitted Complaint or Petition, you will receive a receipt acknowledging your transaction with the new case number. However, your new case will not appear on File & ServeXpress until the next business day after it is accepted. You can also find your new case number via a plaintiff name search on the Court’s Register of Actions. Until your Complaint or Petition is accepted, however, you will need your transaction ID number if you are attempting to contact the Court regarding your Complaint or Petition.

For clients seeking information from the court regarding new case filings, please email sfefiling@sftc.org. If inquiring about the status of your new/originating case filing(s), please be sure to include your transaction ID.
File & ServeXpress will continue to advance statutory filing fees and invoice your firm monthly.

If you are unable to find your San Francisco Family Law dissolution case online, please contact Client Support at 888-529-7587. Our Client Support staff will request the case from the court for overnight delivery. Please note that only the dissolution case class (case number prefixes beginning with “FDI”) are subject to electronic filing. We cannot add cases with the prefixes of “FDV”, “FMS” or “FPT.

Because the family law cases are secure, images of conformed copies cannot be posted on the Court’s public website. File stamped copies will be available on File & ServeXpress, in your submitted transaction, after the Court accepts the transaction.
Please contact File & ServeXpress Client Support at 888-529-7587. Help is available 24/7.
The primary cause for rejections in San Francisco are run-on documents. If you are submitting a civil coversheet, a complaint, and a summons, they should be filed as three separate documents within the same transaction. Combining all three as a single document will cause your transaction to be rejected.

Upcoming Training sessions

Effective January 4, 2021, case initiating filings will be mandatory in twenty-one General Civil case types and one Family Law case type. Additionally, electronic filing will be mandatory in Family Law Dissolution cases.

Request a training session by contacting support@fileandserve.com.