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How-To: File Documents in Federal Court

Background: You have legal documents that you need to file in Federal Court
Problem: You are unsure how/where to submit your documents
Solution: You follow this guide for filing legal papers in Federal Court

I. Legal Citations

Local Rule 1.03 USFLMD | Docketing and Assignment of Cases
"(a) Upon the filing of the initial paper or pleading in any case the Clerk shall docket the proceeding as a civil, criminal or miscellaneous action. Each case or proceeding shall be given a six-part docket number,"

II. Samples

# PDF Comments
1TBD case. USFLMD. 2020. Pro Se Filing. Case Initiation Package (pauperis, Summons/, etc.)
2USFLMD. 2020. Pro Se Filing. Case Initiation Package (Pauperis).

III. Quick Commentary

IV. Additional Notes

V. Additional Resources

VI. Conclusion

If you're just opening a case then you will have to physically deliver your legal documents (either by mail or by hand).

If, however, you're filing onto a current case then you might be able to file it electronically (see the instructions from above). This is the process for the federal courts in Florida. The process is much more user-friendly at DOAH, in Florida's state courts, and in Florida's courts of appeal.


Congratulations! You're now booked up on how/where to file your legal papers (federal).

Please get the justice you deserve.


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