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  • Commencement of Action

  • Commencement of Action

    A civil action in a federal court begins with the filing of a written complaint in the clerk’s office. The case is then assigned a number, usually referred to as a “docket number,” containing two parts: the last two digits of the year in which the case was filed, and a number that is assigned consecutively as suits are filed in each calendar year, usually beginning with number 101 (but in some courts beginning with the number 1). The prefix “Cr.” or “C.A.” indicates whether the case is a criminal or civil action. Thus, the thirty-seventh civil case filed in 1988 would be assigned the number C.A. 88-137. (In those courts where suits begin with the number 1, the case number would be C.A. 88-37.)

    In a multijudge court, the clerk’s office, through a preestablished random selection process, immediately assigns the case to a particular judge for handling and ultimate disposition. The clerk then adds a section designation, usually a letter, to the docket number to indicate the section of the district court to which the case has been assigned or to indicate in which division of the court the case was filed. The clerk’s office maintains the complete record of the case, a case file, or docket sheet (which includes notations to reflect the progress of the case), and alphabetical indices by parties’ names (which allow retrieval of the number of a case).

    This information came from an
    FJC online article.

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