Common Civil Filing Mistakes
To assist all parties and to avoid possible delays, the following is a list of some of the more common mistakes made in filing documents in civil cases. All numbers in parentheses are references to the Local Civil Rules.
- No civil cover sheet is filed with a new action, or the civil cover sheet is not completely filled out. (L.R. 3-1).
- A notice of removal is filed without a conformed copy of the state court complaint.
- The case title on the summons does not match the case title on the complaint.
- On subsequently filed documents, the case number and/or the judge’s initials are incorrect.
- When multiple documents requiring proof of service are filed, a copy of the proof of service does not accompany each document. (L.R. 5-3.1).
- A notice of motion is filed less than the minimum number of days before the hearing date noticed. (L.R. 6-1).
- An ex parte application does not include a lodged proposed ex parte order. (L.R. 7-19).
- A Notice of Interested Parties is not filed with a first appearance. (L.R. 7.1-1).
- A submitted document is not numbered consecutively at the bottom of each page. (L.R. 11-3.3).
- A document filed in paper format is not accompanied by a copy for the judge. (L.R. 11-4.1.2).
- A paper exhibit is not numbered consecutively to the principal document. (L.R. 11-5.2).
- No Notice of Lodging of deposition is filed when a deposition is submitted for use at trial or an evidentiary hearing. (L.R. 32-1).
- A discovery motion is filed without a joint stipulation. (L.R. 37-2.4).
- A demand for a jury trial is not set forth at the end of the pleading. (L.R. 38-1).
- A party seeking summary judgment does not lodge a proposed judgment. (L.R. 56-1).
- The notice of related cases does not include all related cases. (L.R. 83-1.3.1).
Please consult the Local Civil Rules for further information.