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The following rules shall apply to electronic filing of documents with the Court.

A. Mandatory Electronic Filing

All parties filing documents electronically are referred to and shall also comply with all requirements and conditions for electronic filing (e-filing) and service as set forth in Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6 and California Rules of Court, rules 2.250-2.261, unless this Local Rule provides otherwise.

Except as provided in subsections (G) and (H), all documents presented for filing in all civil cases, including limited, unlimited, complex, small claims, family law, and probate, must be electronically filed (e-filed) with the Court as provided in Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6 and California Rules of Court, rules 2.250 through 2.261.

Self-represented parties are not required to file documents electronically. However, self-represented parties are encouraged to utilize e-filing.

A party required to file documents electronically may request an exemption from the requirement by showing undue hardship or significant prejudice by filing a Request for Exemption from Mandatory Electronic Filing and Service (Judicial Council Form EFS-007) with a Proposed Order (Judicial Council Form EFS-008).

During trial, a party may submit to the Courtroom Clerk and serve by hand any pleadings, as long as the pleadings are also filed electronically before the close of business no later than the following court day.