When presenting a document for filing in a civil case, you must comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) and the Local Civil Rules (LR) of the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas. Caution: All applicable rules must be adhered to; the list below is not exhaustive.
|FEDERAL RULE||RELATED LOCAL RULE|
|FRCP 3 : Commencement of Action||LR 3.1/3.2: Filing Complaint/Certificate of Interested Persons|
|FRCP 4: Summons||LR 4.1: Proof of Service or of Waiver of Service|
|FRCP 5: Service and Filing of Pleadings and Other Papers||LR 5.1: Filing of Pleadings, Motions, or Other Papers
LR 5.2: Filing Discovery Materials
|FRCP 7: Pleadings Allowed; Form of Motions||LR 7.1: Motion Practice
LR 7.2: Briefs
LR 56.1-56.7: (Regarding Motions for Summary Judgment)
|FRCP 8: General Rules of Pleading|
|FRCP 10: Form of Pleadings||LR 10.1: Required Form|
|FRCP 11: Signing of Pleadings, Motions, and Other Papers; Representations to Court; Sanctions||LR 11.1: Electronic Signature|
|FRCP 15: Amended and Supplemental Pleadings||LR 15.1: Motions to Amend|
|FRCP 81: Removed Actions||LR 81.1: Filing a Removal|
Unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge, an attorney, other than a prisoner pro se party, must file electronically (except a complaint). You may file your complaint electronically. If the document is filed electronically, follow the judge's copy requirements as required by the ECF Administrative Procedures Manual. A judge's copy is required for each document filed on paper, and if you want to keep a file stamped copy, submit an additional copy (i.e., one original and 2 copies). If you want the extra file stamped copy mailed to you, submit a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
If you are filing a Notice of Removal, please attach a completed Civil Cover Sheet and Supplemental Cover Sheet to the initiating document. After the Notice of Removal has been entered on the docket sheet, please file a separately signed Certificate of Interested Persons.
You must file a document in the divisional office where the case is pending. The court will not accept faxed filings.
Pursuant to FRCP 5, the Clerk’s Office will not refuse to file a document solely because it is not presented in proper form. The Clerk’s Office will refuse a complaint if not submitted with the appropriate filing fee (see Fee Schedule and 28 USC 1914).
Also, the Clerk’s Office will return, under a "Notice of Return of Discovery Materials," any discovery materials that are not approved under LR 5.2.
Common Filing Deficiencies
- No civil cover sheet filed with complaint [LR 3.1(a)]
- No signature block that sets forth the attorney’s bar number and a facsimile number and e-mail address where information may be sent to the attorney [LR 10.1]
- No certificate of service as defined in FRCP 5(d)
- Failure to comply with motion practice requirements of LR 7.1 (e.g., no accompanying brief, certificate of conference, or proposed order)
- Document not signed [FRCP 11]
- No copy of the proposed amended pleading with a motion for leave to amend [LR 15.1]
- No signature of party on a motion for continuance [LR 40.1]
- Removal of action from state court not in compliance with LR 81.1
- No admission to practice in the Northern District of Texas [LR 83.7]
- No Supplemental Cover Sheet [Notice of Removal]