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Filing Requirements

 
 

COMPLAINT:

(Original plus 2 additional copies will be kept by the Clerk's Office)

 

FILING FEE:

Refer to the Court's fee schedule page for current information. (no fee if filing application to proceed in forma pauperis, however ALL paperwork must be completed.)

If filing by mail, be sure to include a self-addressed stamped large (9 1/2" x 12 1/2" ) envelope for return of documents.

 

CIVIL COVER SHEET:

(2 pages) Clerk's office only requires the original - you may file a copy for your records.

 

SUMMONSES:

(ORIGINAL & 1 FOR EACH NAMED DEFENDANT)

(Unless service is to be made by waiver of summons, see R.4(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure)

 

SERVICE OF PROCESS

Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(e)(1) authorizes service pursuant to the law of the state in which the district court is located for a summons or other like process upon the defendant in an action brought in the courts of general jurisdiction of Ohio. Rules 4.1 and 4.3(B) of the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure provides for service by the Clerk mailing the summons and complaint by certified mail. An attorney who attempts to effect service in this Court pursuant to the law of Ohio must comply with the procedure set out in Local Rule 4.2 which requires the attorney to prepare all service documents and provide them to the Clerk of Court for service.

 

Fed. R. Civ. P. 4 provides for alternative methods of serving the summons and complaint in a civil action. Methods established by the Rule itself are preferred, particularly Rule 4(d) Waiver of Service; Duty to Save Costs of Service; Request to Waive, and should be attempted before service is attempted pursuant to the Ohio mail methods authorized by Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(e)(1).

 

The attorney of record or the serving party shall be responsible for determining if service has been made under the provisions of Rule 4 of the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure and the Court's Local Rules.

 

Please see Local Rule 4.2 for complete service instructions.