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How-To: Complete the Civil Cover Sheet (Federal)

Background: You are preparing your federal lawsuit
Problem: You are unsure how to complete the Civil Cover Sheet
Solution: You follow this guide for completing the Civil Cover Sheet (Federal)

I. Legal Citations

Local Rule 1.05(e) USFLMD | Civil Cover Sheet
"(e) The Clerk is authorized and directed to require a complete and executed AO Form JS44, Civil Cover Sheet, which shall accompany each civil case as a condition to the filing thereof. State and federal prisoners, and other persons filing civil cases pro se are exempt from the requirements of this subsection." Local Rule 5.2 USFLND | Civil Cover Sheet
"An attorney who files or removes a civil case must simultaneously file a civil cover sheet on a form available without charge from the Clerk or on the District’s website. But the Court may allow the civil cover sheet to be filed later. A pro se party need not file a civil cover sheet."

II. Samples

# PDF Comments
1TBD case. USFLMD. Pro Se Filing. 2020. NOS 442. §1981 Case (+ §760 FS). Employment.
2TBD case. USFLND. Pro Se Filing. 2021. NOS 440. §1983 Case. ALJ Perjury.
3USFLMD. Attorney Filing. 2019. NOS 790. Title VII Case (+ §1983). Employment.
4USFLMD. Attorney Filing. 2019. NOS 440. Title VII Case (+ §760 FS). Employment.
5USFLMD. Attorney Filing. 2019. Title VII Case (+ §760 FS). Employment.
6USFLMD. Pro Se Filing. 2020. NOS 442. Title VII (+ §1981; NLRA. Employment
7USFLMD. Attorney Filing. 2020. NOS 790. Title VII (+ §760 FS). Employment.

III. Forms

# Word Comments
1Official Court Form. Interactive/Electronic.

IV. Quick Commentary

  • Note: You might not need to complete this form:
    • some districts (eg, USFLND) don't require it from you (ie, a Pro Se litigant)
    • other districts (eg, USFLMD) will complete it for you
    • check the local rules of court for your district
      • Rule 1.02 USFLMD (Florida, Middle District)
      • Rule 5.2 USFLND (Florida, Northern District)
  • Use the court-issued form (see Part III - above) to complete your federal 'Civil Cover Sheet'
  • Read the court-issued guide for additional help
  • Review the Nature-of-Suit codes to help select the proper one
  • Cite the statute that you are suing under (eg, Title VII, 42 USC §2000e; 42 USC §1981; §760 FS; etc.)
  • Please download as many sample documents as you'd like
  • Save the final version as a PDF file. Print it out as well.
  • File the final version in court

V. Quick Analysis

  • 25% of cover sheets indicate a civil rights case
    • 16% prisoner cases; plus
    • 9% non-prisoner cases
  • 43% of filers fail to indicate the nature-of-suit on their cover sheets
For deeper insight, please see TBD's Nature of Suit Analysis

VI. Additional Notes

  • Given these statistics, you will probably make a solid impression on the court (and your opponent's legal counsel) if you accurately fill out this civil cover sheet.
  • Estimated Time ≈ 5-10 minutes

VII. Conclusion

With the use of the form (as well as the samples above), you can more easily complete the civil cover sheet (federal).

Congratulations! You're now booked up on how to complete the Civil Cover Sheet (federal)!

Please get the justice you deserve.


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