The following is an informational guide for the service of court filings upon the Attorney General. In most cases, service may be made at any one of the Attorney General's offices listed below. However, there may be instances where service on the Attorney General must be made at the Sacramento office only or to the designated staff as listed here.
Please check statutes applicable to your case to be sure you are serving the office at the appropriate location.
Except as discussed below, the Attorney General has not agreed to electronic service of summons/complaints in civil cases per the Rule of Court and other applicable laws. In addition, the Attorney General has not agreed to receive service of summons/complaints in civil cases by facsimile.
Please be aware, the Office of the Attorney General cannot advise you whether or not you are required to serve this Office under a specific statute. If you are unsure about the requirements of service, we suggest that you consult with private counsel.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to pose an unprecedented health and safety threat to the public. Because of the risks presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Attorney General will accept electronic service of summons/complaints when the named party is the Attorney General or the Department of Justice.
Unless this policy is amended to state otherwise, it will stay in effect through 90 days after the Governor declares that the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic is lifted.
The Attorney General reserves the right to reject service of process in civil actions where a defect in service is found. Absent express written consent to the contrary (which may be provided electronically), electronic service of summons/complaints in civil actions must be made at: AGelectronicservice@doj.ca.gov.
Unless otherwise agreed to in writing (which may occur by electronic communication), the Attorney General does not agree to accept same-day service for electronic service that is made after 5:00 p.m. The Attorney General will instead construe such service to have occurred the next business day at 9:00 a.m.
Data Security Breach: Civil Codes s. 1798.29(e) and s. 1798.82(e) - California law requires a business or state agency to notify any California resident whose unencrypted personal information, as defined, was acquired, or reasonably believed to have been acquired, by an unauthorized person. As of January 1, 2012, this law now requires a business or state agency to send an electronic sample of the breach notification sent to California residents, if the breach affected more than 500 residents. The sample should exclude any personally identifiable personal information.
28 U.S.C. § 1715: Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) Defendants obligated to provide notice following the filing of a proposed class action settlement can send notice to:
Notice Regarding Bankruptcy: Debtor's Store Closing or Going-Out-of-Business Sales 11 USC § 101 et seq. - To give notice to the California Attorney General of a motion or other bankruptcy proceeding that seeks authority for a debtor's store closing or going-out-of-business sales, present service to:
Business & Professions Code § 16750.2 - Requires service of notice on the AG within 3 days, if a violation of B&P § 16700 et seq (Cartwright Act) is alleged or the application or construction of the chapter is in issue in any proceeding in the Supreme Court of California or a state court of appeal, by the person who commenced that proceeding.
Business & Professions Code § 17209 and 17536.5 - Requires the service of briefs and petitions on the Consumer Protection Section of the Attorney General's office in appellate matters involving the construction, application, or alleged violation of Business and Professions Code sections 17200 et seq. and 17500 et seq.
NOTE: Please serve only appellate briefs and petitions; please do not serve records, appendices or other filings.
Serve appellate briefs and petitions electronically (the preferred method).
Or serve by mail to:
Business & Professions Code § 17508 - District Attorneys and City Attorneys sending advertising substantiation requests must provide a copy of the request to the Attorney General before sending it to the subject of the request. The request should be sent to:
California Rules of Court 8.29(c) - Requires service on the AG when a statute's constitutionality is questioned and when suit is brought against, or on behalf of, the state or a county, or when a state officer is sued in his/her official capacity.
In January 2007, the California Rules of Court were reorganized and renumbered. The language of former rule 44.5 was renumbered as Rule 8.29.
Civil Code § 51.1 - Mandatory service on State Solicitor General of each party's brief or petition and brief in causes of action based on violation of specific civil rights statutes. This service is required in any proceeding in the California Supreme Court, a state court of appeal or the appellate division of a superior court (actions under the Unruh, Ralph or Bane Civil Rights Acts; an anti-boycott cause of action; an action for sexual harassment in business or professional relations; and a civil rights action by a district attorney).
Please note, the Office of the Attorney General accepts service of process Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Our Office is closed on weekends and regular State holidays.