According to a notice I received today from the California Appellate Project:
The clerk of the 2nd District Court of Appeal has asked us to inform the panel that True Filing will be available in this district beginning in November. For two months, November and December, True Filing will coexist with the present eFiling system presently being used in the district. The choice of which to use will be yours. Then, in January, the present eFiling system will disappear, and everyone will be required to use True Filing. Those of you already working in other districts with True Filing will definitely have a leg up on the rest of us.
That last sentence is certainly true. TrueFiling takes some getting used to.
The Second District’s present e-filing system has the advantage of being free, but it is also not a pure e-filing system. Hard copies of briefs still had to be submitted to the court. Also, original proceedings (writ petitions) cannot be initiated electronically under the current system, but I have initiated original proceedings via True-Filing in other districts.
You can’t stop progress. But I still hope the justices print out my briefs before reading them.
Update (09/25/2017): From the “better late than never” department. TrueFiling becomes mandatory in the Second District Court of Appeal on October 30, 2017. I shouldn’t joke. The Second District has always generously granted me extensions, it’s about time the court got one.