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Small Claims Efiling
ONLINE SERVICES
Efile Small Claims
 
 
 
 
Frequently Asked Questions (Efiling Small Claims)
What is efiling?
Efiling means electronic filing. The eFiling website lets you fill out forms and file Small Claims online. Your claim will be filed with the appropriate courthouse as if you had filed in person, provided the information you supply is complete and the fees paid are correct. A claim filed electronically from this website has the same legal effect as a claim in paper form. Filing a claim electronically does not alter or extend any filing deadline. A claim filed electronically with the Court after the close of business is considered to have been filed on the next Court day. For current business hours, contact the appropriate Court location.
What is required to use efiling?
To use the efiling website, you need the following:
  • An internet-capable platform like Windows PC/Mac/Android
  • A modern web browser like Microsoft IE/Chrome/Safari (with pop-up windows and Javascript enabled)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (Available free of charge. Click here to download.)
  • A printer
  • A valid e-mail address
  • A valid credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discover).)
  • Detailed information about your claim (defendant names and addresses, incident dates, amount owed, etc.)
How do I start and what information do I need to file Small Claims using this site?
To use the efiling site, you must register an account with the Court. To register, you need the following:
  • A valid e-mail address
  • A valid credit card (Visa, Master Card or Discover)
  • Information about your claim, e.g., defendant names and addresses, incident dates, amount owed, etc.
  • Your authorization code (e-mailed to your account after you’ve registered)
What is an authorization code?
Upon completion of registration, the site will send an Authorization Code to the e-mail address you provided. The Authorization Code ensures the Court that your e-mail address is valid. You will be prompted for this Authorization Code whenever you submit a filing through this site. You will not be able to submit a filing without the Authorization Code.
What documents may I file electronically on this site?
The following are the Judicial Council forms that may be generated based on the information you provide:
  • Plaintiff's Claim and Order to Defendant (SC-100)
  • Additional Plaintiffs and Defendants (SC-160)
  • Fictitious Business Name Declaration (SC-103)
How much does it cost?
In addition to the regular filing fees, you will pay an Efiling Service Provider Fee. This fee reimburses the Court for providing electronic public access services.

Currently, you cannot file the application for Waiver of Court Cost and Fees electronically. If you are eligible for and seek a Waiver of Court Costs and Fees, you must file your case documents in person at the appropriate courthouse.
Can I pay with a check?
No. To use this website, you must pay for all required fees with a valid credit card (currently Visa, MasterCard or Discover).
May I pay in advance for multiple filings?
No. Each filing must be charged individually.
How do I retrieve my lost/forgotten password?
If you’ve misplaced your password, click on the “forgot you password” link under the “Log In” section of the home page. The site will require you to input your e-mail address registered with this site. The site will forward a new password to your e-mail account.
Is this site secure?
The Los Angeles Superior Court maintains a high standard of security on its website. This site uses a full 128-bit encryption, ensuring that confidential information, e.g., names, passwords, credit card numbers, etc., remains secure.
Can I save an incomplete claim and return to it later?
Yes. You have up to five (5) calendar days to complete and submit your claim on this website. If you are unable to complete the process once you begin, you can stop and return to access it again during these five calendar days with your information saved. Any claims that are not completed within that period of time will be deleted. To save an incomplete claim, click on the 'Save & Exit' button found near the bottom of the screen you're working on. To resume, you must log in. From the 'My Efiling' screen, select 'Resume Incomplete Claims' then click on the 'Submit' button.
After completing a claim, how do I complete additional claims without re-logging in?
Click on the 'File a New Claim' option in the main navigation menu located on the left hand side of the screen, re-agree to the efiling terms and conditions, and begin answering the claim questions for your new claim.
What can I expect after submitting my claim via this site?
After you complete the questions on this website and submit your claim electronically, the Court will send a Notice of Receipt of Documents to the e-mail address you provided. If the Court accepts your claim, your credit card will be charged for the fee amount you agreed to pay. The Court will e-mail you a Notice of Acceptance of Filing and a copy of the processed filing documents for your records. You can only consider your claim completed when you have received the Notice of Acceptance of Filing.

If your claim is rejected, the Court will e-mail you a Notice of Rejection of Filing stating why your claim was rejected, and will not charge your credit card. If your claim is rejected, you will have five (5) calendar days from the date of the Notice of Rejection of Filing to correct electronically and resubmit your claim to the Court using this website. If you do not complete and resubmit for filing within those five calendar days, your incomplete/rejected claim and any information previously provided will be deleted from this website.
If I file my claim late in the day, will it count as being filed that same day?
A document that is received electronically with the Court after the close of business is considered to have been filed on the next Court day. Currently, the Court closes for business at 4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday, except Court holidays.
My question is not answered here. Is there another way I can get my question answered?
If you are unable to find the answer to your question on our website, you may e-mail efiling@lacourt.org.

 

 

 
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