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Kern County

General Information 
  • Court is integrated.
  • Legacy cases are available for eFiling.
  • There is not $2.00 court fee.
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Visa, MasterCard and Discover.    
  • Kern county no longer require Facsimile Transmission Page
Initial Filings

  • Attachments are not allowed
  • Multiple lead documents are allowed.
  • Exhibits should be bookmarked
  • Addresses of Plaintiff(s) and/or defendant(s) are not required, unless filing small claims.
  • Original Petitions require all parties to be listed and to be entered in all capitals.
Subsequent Filings
  • Proposed orders should be filed as a lead document
  • Motions should be filed as a lead document
  • Items not needing a file stamp should not have a cover letter as a lead document. 
  • For small claims, create and upload a cover declaration (MC-20) as the lead document to request service of citation, etc.
Kern is not accepting the following documents through eFileCA (subject to change):
  • Appeals
  • Civil Harassments
  • Elder Abuse
  • Workplace Violence
  • Gun Violence
  • Writs and Abstracts (Currently being accepted with Bakersfield civil cases)
  • Probate Petitions Initiating A New Case
  • Wills/Codicils
  • Bonds
  • Abandonments
  • Adoptions
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Domestic Violence
  • Surrogacy Actions
  • Petitions to Establish Parental Rights
  • Foreign Custody Decree
  • Foreign Divorce Decree
  • Registration of Out of State Order
  • Reciprocal incoming/outgoing ­UIFSA
Updated 14th December 2016

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