What does it mean to file a complaint in court?

What does it mean to file a complaint in court?

A “complaint” is a document that describes what the plaintiff wants (money or some other type of relief) and why she believes she is entitled to that relief. It also identifies the “defendant” (the party being sued). When the plaintiff files the complaint, she will pay a filing fee to the court. She will also have the court issue a “summons.”

Where can I find an example of a complaint?

Or you can hire an attorney to write a complaint for you. Click to visit Lawyers and Legal Help. For tips on creating your own court documents, click to visit Basics of Court Forms and Filing and Researching the Law. Where can I find an example of a complaint to look at?

How to file a complaint to start your case?

You might be able to find a complaint that was drafted by an attorney that you could use as a starting point to draft your own. You could get a copy of the complaint from the court clerk for a small copy charge. For information on how to look at the court’s records, click to visit Look Up My Case. TIP!

Can you file a complaint in the district court?

The Self-Help Center does not have a form complaint for use in the district court or the justice court. FYI! If you are suing for less than $10,000, the Self-Help Center has forms you can use to file a small claims case in the justice court. Small claims court is quicker and easier and is designed for non-attorneys.

How to make a civil complaint against you?

Watch the video below to see in action the Civil Complaint scam caught on tape by a regular citizen: In the message, they say that if you have any questions about the complaint, you are entitled to call a number (one of our readers said the given number was 515-55-2879, along with a reference case number, AUV6908).

Can a private citizen file a criminal complaint?

Private citizens are normally only permitted to bring civil lawsuits in most states. Depending on the evidence collected during an investigation, the police may arrest a suspect either before a criminal complaint is issued or may request that a prosecutor determine whether charges can be brought against a particular suspect in order to arrest them.

What should I do if I get a complaint from an employee?

Touch the person. Look away, take a call or read. Attempt to problem solve or otherwise get to “the heart of the matter.” Refer the employee to a grievance procedure or the legal office or suggest that they hire an attorney. Say “I know how you feel” or “It will be all right.” Suggest that they misunderstood someone’s actions or words.

What are the steps to file a criminal complaint?

Although the steps to file a criminal complaint can vary widely based on the circumstances surrounding a matter and on the laws of the jurisdiction prosecuting the case, there are some basic requirements that will remain the same in the majority of states. In general, the criminal complaint procedure will typically entail the following steps: