Initiating Documents

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FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE REQUIREMENTS MAY RESULT IN SANCTIONS.

Civil Case-Initiating and Claim-Initiating Documents

Pursuant to Local Rule 3-2, all civil case-initiating documents (such as complaints and notices of removal), other claim-initiating documents (such as third-party complaints, amended complaints, complaints in intervention, counterclaims, and crossclaims), and amended case- or claim-initiating documents must be filed with the Clerk in paper format, rather than electronically. In addition, conformed, “Filed”-stamped copies of all such documents must be e-mailed to the Court in PDF format by close of business the following business day.  E-mails should be directed to the division to which the case is assigned, as follows:

SUBJECT LINE OF E-MAIL MUST INCLUDE BOTH DOCUMENT TYPE (complaint, removal, etc.) AND CASE NUMBER. Sample: Complaint CV08-01234-ABC(SHx).

PLEASE NOTE that any documents filed in paper format concurrently with case-initiating documents must also be emailed to the Court in PDF format.  Certain documents should be included in the same PDF file as the Complaint / Notice of Removal, while other documents must be sent as separate PDF files, as follows:

  • Complaint / Notice of Removal, Notice of Assignment to Magistrate Judge for Discovery (CV- 18), Summons (CV-01A), and all pages of the Civil Cover Sheet (CV-71) as one PDF attachment.
  • Certification and Notice of Interested Parties (CV-30) as a separate PDF attachment.
  • AO-120 or AO-121 (for Patent, Trademark, Copyright cases only) as a separate PDF attachment.
  • Any other documents filed in paper format simultaneously with the Complaint / Notice of Removal as separate PDF attachments.

Criminal Case-Initiating Documents

Pursuant to Local Criminal Rule 49-1.2(b)(2), criminal case-initiating documents (such as complaints, indictments, informations, redacted indictments/informations, superseding charging documents) must be filed with the Clerk in paper format, rather than electronically. In addition, conformed, “Filed”-stamped copies of all such documents must be e-mailed to the Court in PDF format by close of business the following business day. E-mails should be directed to the division to which the case is assigned, as follows:

SUBSEQUENT DOCUMENTS E-MAILED TO ANY OF THE ABOVE ADDRESSES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.