Where to File Documents

Follow the steps below to determine the correct court location for filing court documents for Civil, Family Law, Juvenile, Probate, and Appellate documents.

Please note that Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse Restraining Orders, and Appeals can be filed at any court location. Please see court locations for your nearest court.

Tip: Using Zip Code will provide more specific results.

Step 1) Select Case Type:

Step 2) Enter City or Zip Code:

Step 3) Click Search

CAUTION: The filing court locator requires the city or zip code of the case which may differ from the city or zip code of the parties. You should obtain legal assistance or consult the clerk's office to be sure you are using the correct information.

Case Type City Zip Code Location to File

Additional Information

Civil cases are generally divided into categories as follows:

  • Unlimited Civil Cases (disputes of more than $25,000)
  • Limited Civil Cases (disputes of less than $25,000)
  • Small Claims Cases
  • Unlawful Detainers (Evictions)
  • Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
  • Name Change Petitions
  • Complex
  • Other Petitions

Criminal and Traffic cases are not included in the filing court locator. Please refer to the location indicated on your court document or citation.

Probate Cases include Decedent's Estates, Guardianship, Conservatorship and Elder Abuse Restraining Orders.

Review the following administrative orders by case type, in order to determine the correct location where documents should be filed.

The reference guide below can be used to determine the correct courthouse location where a case is heard based on the letters found in the case number prefix.

Please note that the filing cut-off time is 4:00 p.m. for documents submitted in person and via courthouse drop boxes. Pursuant to CCP § 1010.6(b)(2) any document received electronically by the court via eSubmit between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59:59 p.m. on a court day is deemed filed on that court day. Any document that is received electronically on a non-court day shall be deemed filed on the next court day.