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Attorney Case Opening Checklist

 
 

Before Opening a New Civil Case

 

  • Read documentation on Opening a New Civil Case

  • Prepare documents to file and convert to pdf

    • Initiating document

    • Civil cover sheet

    • Summons(es), if applicable

    • U.S. Marshal forms, if applicable

    • Any additional documents to be filed (i.e., Application/Motion to proceed informa pauperis)

  • Have credit card available

  • Open civil case

    • Enter all the statistical information
      Please note that the completed civil cover sheet will need to be uploaded as an attachment to the complaint


    • Enter all the parties in exact order they are listed on the complaint
      Using the drop down menu, select the appropriate party role for each party (i.e., plaintiff, defendant)
      Do not add address


    • Click Create Case

  • File initiating document using the appropriate event (i.e., complaint, notice of removal)

    • Make appropriate party/attorney link when prompted

    • Upload main document (i.e., complaint) first

    • Attach supporting documents to the complaint as separate attachments (i.e., exhibits)
      Do not attach applications/motions to proceed informa pauperis or corporate disclosure statements. These documents should be filed as a separate entries.


    • Attach a completed and signed civil cover sheet as a separate attachment

    • Attach summons(es) as a separate attachment

    • Attach US Marshal forms, if applicable as a separate attachment

  • File any additional documents using the appropriate event
    Motion for Temporary Restraining Order, Motion to Proceed Informa Pauperis, Corporate Disclosure Statement

 

If you have any questions, concerns or experience problems during the process, please contact the Clerk's Office for assistance.

 

Akron: (330) 252-6020
Cleveland: (216) 357-7002
Toledo: (419) 213-5500
Youngstown: (330) 884-7415
CM/ECF Help Desk: 1-800-355-8498

 

The CM/ECF system is typically available for filing 24 hours, seven days per week. In the event help desk support is needed and to avoid any unscheduled system downtime required for system maintenance, attorneys needing to meet filing deadlines should attempt to file during normal business hours (Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.).