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GETTING STARTED CHAPTER 1 1 Prepare Your Documents Initiating Document – One of the following: – Complaint – Notice of Removal – Application to Proceed.

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2 GETTING STARTED CHAPTER 1 1

3 Prepare Your Documents Initiating Document – One of the following: – Complaint – Notice of Removal – Application to Proceed Without Prepaying Fees Attachment to Initiating Document -Civil Cover Sheet 2

4 Additional Attachments as they Apply: Summons: Download and save the summons form. Use this fillable form each time you post a summons to the court docket.summons Post each summons separately. Summon(es) will be issued by the court electronically by the following day. You will receive a Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) of the issued summons when the Clerk's Office enters it on the court's docket. Use the NEF (Notice of Electronic Filing) hyperlink to retrieve the issued summons form to effect service of process.

5 Forms to Download Civil Cover Sheet Application to Proceed Without Prepaying Fees Civil Summons US District Court website: Choose Forms then choose Civil Forms.

6 Convert Documents to PDF Format Convert a document by: Scanning to PDF Using the conversion software included in word processing programs such as Word. Downloading PDF conversion software, such as Adobe Standard or Professional. Remember: Each PDF document should be under 10 MB (megabytes) in size. 5

7 The Filing Fee 6 Effective May 1, 2013, the filing fee is $ plus an administrative fee of $50.00, for a total of $ for a Complaint or Notice of Removal. NOTE: The administrative fee does NOT apply to: Miscellaneous civil cases, Habeas corpus cases, or to cases filed by pro se prisoner plaintiffs who have been provisionally granted permission to proceed in forma pauperis.

8 Paying the Filing Fee You must pay the filing fee through Pay.gov, but there are a couple of options available to you. Bank Account (ACH): ACH payments are like online checks; the funds are withdrawn from your bank account. Plastic Card (Debit/Credit): You can choose to pay the filing fee by credit or debit card. See Chapter 7, Paying the Filing Fee, for details. During case opening, you will be prompted for this payment and be guided through the Pay.gov screens. Have your card or banking information ready. 7

9 To Request a Waiver of the Filing Fee Have your Application to Proceed Without Prepaying Fees prepared to file as your initiating document. For detailed instructions, see Chapter 5: Docketing the Lead Event. 8


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