Electronic Filing:

Civil Cases

The Superior Court requires electronic filing ("e-filing") in civil case types, this includes civil, family (except Department of Child Support Services), probate, LPS, appellate (except felony appellate filings) and dependency cases types. 

Criminal Cases

E-filing of trial documents is mandatory starting Monday, July 3, 2017. Permissive e-filing of motions, oppositions, and requests for continuances begins September 1, 2017. Mandatory e-filing of all criminal documents will take effect January 2, 2018. 


To get started go to: http://www.odysseyefileca.com/service-providers.htm.   Once you pick the e-filing Service Provider (EFSP) you would like to use for e-filing you will be able to go through their tutorial on how to do e-filing.

Santa Cruz Superior Court’s local rule regarding e-filing is posted on our Local Rules page, see rule 1.3.


Odyssey eFileCA Overview Bar Presentation (March 9, 2016)

Frequently asked questions (December 28, 2017)

Instructions for e-filing in criminal cases (March 24, 2016)


After reviewing the materials posted on this site if you still have questions about Santa Cruz Superior Court e-filing please contact: Florence Patten, Supervisor of Civil Operations: florence.patten@santacruzcourt.org for civil case types or Tim Newman, Director of Criminal Operations: tim.newman@santacruzcourt.org for criminal case types.