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CLERK'S Brief Guide Services Procedures

CLERK'S Brief Guide Services Procedures

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTMIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
CLERK'S OFFICEGUIDE TO SERVICES AND PROCEDURES
 
Revised: 04/2005Page 1 of 11
A BRIEF GUIDE TO SERVICES AND PROCEDURESPART ONE: CIVIL CASE INFORMATIONIFILING FEDERAL CIVIL SUITS:
A.
Fees
(28 U.S.C. 1914) - Cash, business or personal check, or money ordermade payable to Clerk, U.S. District Court for each case at the time ofopening the case. (currently $150.00 for civil actions and $5.00 for habeasproceedings.)B.
Civil Cover Sheet, Form JS-44
[Local Rule 1.05(e)] - The Civil Cover Sheet,Form JS-44, must be completed in its entirety and submitted with thecomplaint. An original signature as well as Florida Bar number must be onboth the civil cover sheet and the complaint. The civil cover sheet does notreplace or supplement the filing and service of pleadings or other papers.Instructions for completion of this form are on the reverse of the form.Particular care should be given to the following:1.County of Residence: This is frequently omitted and should becompleted for the first named plaintiff, except in U.S. plaintiff case,and defendant, in U.S. plaintiff cases only.2.Citizenship of Principal Parties: (Should be completed only whendiversity is the basis of jurisdiction.) This section requires only one Xfor first plaintiff and one X for first defendant. Note: Corporationsshould not be marked as citizens.3.Cause of Action/Nature of Suit: Do not cite the jurisdictional statuteunder the Cause of Action. This section requires the U.S. Civil Statuteunder which you are filing and a brief statement of cause.
Example:15 U.S.C. 1051 - Trademark Infringement
. (Statements such as"Social Security Disability" are unacceptable.) Diversity cases shouldalways be cited under 28 USC 1332 (nature of suit will vary). Onlyone box should be checked in the Nature of Suit section.4.Dollar Demand: This is frequently omitted, but required if a specificdollar amount appears in the complaint.5.Jury Demand: Check "Yes" box if jury trial is demanded in thecomplaint. (See, however, Rule 38, Fed.R.Civ.P.) Also, rememberthat the title of the pleading should read “and Demand for Jury Trial,”pursuant to Local Rule 1.06(a).6.Related Cases: Reference pending cases.7.Date and Signature of Attorney: The JS-44 Civil Cover Sheet mustbear the original signature of the attorney submitting the form assuringits accuracy and completion.
 
Revised: 04/2005Page 2 of 11
C.
Complaint
(8 ½" x 11" paper, double spaced. Local Rules 1.05 - 1.06) -Only the original complaint is required to be filed with the Court. Thecomplaint must be signed by a member of the Bar of this Court withdesignation "Trial Counsel" by the name of trial counsel. The typed name ofcounsel with complete address, telephone number and Florida Bar numbermust appear in the signature block.D.
Subsequent case papers
(Local Rule 1.05 - 8 ½" x 11" paper, doublespaced) - Each case paper filed with this Court must contain the following:1.The properly titled district and division.2.A brief style of the case.3.The entire case number including the judge number. The judgenumbers are as follows:
District MagistrateTampa Division:
17 - Elizabeth A. KovachevichMAP - Mark A. Pizzo23 - Steven D. MerrydayTGW - Thomas G. Wilson24 - Susan C. Bucklew TBM -Thomas B. McCoun, III26 - Richard A. LazzaraEAJ - Elizabeth A. Jenkins27 - James D. WhittemoreMSS - Mary S. Scriven30 - James S. Moody, Jr.15 - William J. Castagna
Orlando Division:
19 - Patricia C. FawsettKAS - Karla A. Spaulding22 - Anne C. ConwayDAB - David A. Baker28 - John Antoon IIJGG - James G. Glazebrook31 - Gregory A. Presnell18 - G. Kendall Sharp06 - George C. Young
Jacksonville Division:
20 - Harvey E. SchlesingerHTS - Howard T. Snyder25 - Henry Lee Adams, Jr.TEM - Thomas E. Morris32 - Timothy J. CorriganMCR - Monte C. Richardson12 - Howell W. MeltonMMH - Marcia Morales Howard16 - John H. Moore, II
Ocala Division:
10 - Wm. Terrell Hodges GRJ - Gary R. Jones
Ft. Myers Division:
29 - John E. SteeleDNF - Douglas N. Frazier33 - Virginia CovingtonSPC - Sheri Polster Chappell

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