In a Statewide Order dated March 23, 2020, Hon. Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California and Chair of the Judicial Council, authorized all Superior Courts “to adopt any proposed rules or rule amendment that is intended to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to take effect immediately, without advance circulation for 45 days of public comment.”

Pursuant to that authority, San Mateo Superior Court has adopted a number of Emergency Local Rules, all of which are specifically enumerated on the Court’s website at

As of June 1, 2020, San Mateo Superior Court requires that all parties, with the exception of self-represented litigants, electronically file into the following case types:

  • Criminal (Subsequent)
  • Civil (Complex, Limited, Unlawful Detainer and Unlimited)
  • Family Law
  • Probate
  • Small Claims

For more information about eFiling in San Mateo Superior Court, including Local Rule 2.1.8 listing documents that cannot be electronically filed, please visit the Court’s website at

If you have any questions about eFiling, please contact our eFiling department here, give us a call at 877.399.5562 or use the chat feature within our portal.

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