e-filing Basics

Get answers to your questions about e-filing at the Contra Costa County Superior Court here.

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The Superior Court of Contra Costa implemented its E-filing system in 2022. They selected Odyssey Case Manager from Tyler Technologies, a software solution in use by 29 of the 58 courts in the state. While this has proven to be a challenging transition, court staff and attorneys have been been up to the task. Please keep in mind that the process still requires verification by clerks and it can take up to a month for your filings to appear.

If there is an issue with the E-filing system, but not regarding individual envelopes, you may use this link to email the court.

E-Filing Update Videos from Contra Costa County Superior Court

Watch Now! Update on E-Filings May 17, 2023

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Watch Now! Update on E-Filings in Contra Costa County Probate Court (recorded April 12, 2023)

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Recent Updates

Changes to E-Filing Order – 6-5-2023
The Contra Costa County Superior Court’s E-Filing standing order, which may be found on the court’s Civil E-Filing Services page, has been amended to reflect that the following ex parte applications/ motions are not exempt from e-filing and must be e-filed:
• Ex Parte Application for Order to Serve By Publication.
• Ex Parte Application and Order to Serve the California Secretary of State.
• Ex Parte Application and Order to Serve Summons by Posting for Unlawful Detainer.
• Ex Parte Application for Extension of Time to Serve.
• Ex Parte Stipulations.

Changes to E-Filing FAQs – 6-5-2023
The Contra Costa County Superior Court’s E-Filing FAQs, which may also be found on the Civil E-Filing Services page, have been updated to reflect that, when a party files papers conditionally under seal, the unredacted copies (which are not to be e-filed) should be delivered to the clerk’s office and not to the individual department.


What you can do to help

The upcoming hearing date must be included in the Filing Description box along with a complete description of the documents being filed/submitted. An example is “Next HRG 10/1/20 Opposition”…or “next HRG 10/8/20 Proof of Service”.   This requirement is also on the landing page of the eFile California site.  This is critical for the Clerk’s Offices to review the many daily filing that are coming into the e-filing que.

Please take more time to enter the accurate Filing Code. We are seeing more and more “Motion” and it takes much longer for staff to review the documents and re-code the filing as the appropriate one so it is processed accurately.

Family, Civil, and Probate filings: e-filers must state both any upcoming hearing date and the title of the motion in the description of the filing (e.g., “Next HRG 12/1/22 Opposition to Motion”). This enables clerks to quickly determine which filings should be prioritized based on upcoming hearing dates.

Family Law filings: e-filers must submit any cover letters as separate PDFs within the filing envelope, rather than as the first page of a PDF that includes the filing itself. When a cover letter comes as the first page, a clerk must manually correct it so that the file stamp goes on the second page of the document (the actual filing) and so that the cover letter, which is not itself part of the file, is removed.