FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE REQUIREMENTS MAY RESULT IN SANCTIONS.
Civil Case-Initiating Documents
Since December 1, 2014, attorneys filing new civil actions in the Central District of California have been required by Local Rule 3-2 to file their case-initiating documents electronically, unless exempted from electronic filing pursuant to Local Rule 5-4.2. Initially, “miscellaneous” cases (certain proceedings that are administrative or otherwise ancillary to civil actions are filed as “miscellaneous” cases, not full-scale civil actions) were exempt from this requirement, but as of July 20, 2015, those cases must also be opened electronically using CM/ECF. Please visit the Electronic Case Opening page for more information. (Note that even pro se litigants who have been granted permission to file documents electronically in a particular case may not open new civil actions electronically; such cases must still be presented to the Clerk for filing in paper format. After a case has been filed, eligible pro se litigants may then seek leave of Court to file electronically in that case pursuant to Local Rule 184.108.40.206.)
Attorneys who file civil case-initating documents that are exempted from electronic filing pursuant to Local Rule 5-4.2 should, in addition to filing the exempt documents in paper form at the Clerk's Office, e-mail conformed, “Filed”-stamped copies of all such documents to the Court in PDF format by close of business the following business day. E-mails should be directed to the division to which the case is assigned, as follows:
- Western Division: CivilIntakeCourtDocs-LA@cacd.uscourts.gov
- Eastern Division: CivilIntakeCourtDocs-RS@cacd.uscourts.gov
- Southern Division: CivilIntakeCourtDocs-SA@cacd.uscourts.gov
SUBJECT LINE OF E-MAIL MUST INCLUDE BOTH DOCUMENT TYPE (complaint, notice of removal, etc.) AND CASE NUMBER. Sample: Complaint CV08-01234-ABC(SHx).
PLEASE NOTE that any documents filed in paper format concurrently with case-initiating documents must also be emailed to the Court in PDF format. Certain documents should be included in the same PDF file as the Complaint / Notice of Removal, while other documents must be sent as separate PDF files, as follows:
- Complaint / Notice of Removal, Notice of Assignment to Magistrate Judge for Discovery (CV- 18), Summons (CV-01A), and all pages of the Civil Cover Sheet (CV-71) as one PDF attachment.
- Certification and Notice of Interested Parties (CV-30) as a separate PDF attachment.
- AO-120 or AO-121 (for Patent, Trademark, Copyright cases only) as a separate PDF attachment.
- Any other documents filed in paper format simultaneously with the Complaint / Notice of Removal as separate PDF attachments.
Criminal Case-Initiating Documents
Pursuant to Local Criminal Rule 49-1.2(b)(2), criminal case-initiating documents (such as complaints, indictments, informations, redacted indictments/informations, superseding charging documents) must be filed with the Clerk in paper format, rather than electronically. In addition, conformed, “Filed”-stamped copies of all such documents must be e-mailed to the Court in PDF format by close of business the following business day. E-mails should be directed to the division to which the case is assigned, as follows:
- Western Division: CrimIntakeCourtDocs-LA@cacd.uscourts.gov
- Southern Division: CrimIntakeCourtDocs-SA@cacd.uscourts.gov
- Eastern Division: CrimIntakeCourtDocs-RS@cacd.uscourts.gov
SUBSEQUENT DOCUMENTS E-MAILED TO ANY OF THE ABOVE ADDRESSES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.