To begin a Circuit Court case, you must file a Summons and Complaint along with the appropriate fees. Depending on the type of case being filed, other documents may also be required.
All court documents must have a case caption according to the State Court Administrator's Office Case File Management Standards.
It is recommended that paper size not exceed 8.5 wide by 11 inches long.
Documents shall contain case caption and file/case number, including year and case type suffix.
Print contained on pleading should be no smaller than 12-point type.
Pleadings must be legibly typewritten or printed in ink.
Documents shall be signed by party and/or attorney. If document is stipulated to, it must be signed by both parties and/or attorneys of record.
Filing fees are required to be paid at time of filing documents, unless waived or suspended by the Court.
The Clerk of the Court may reject papers that do not conform with the minimum filing requirements.
Original documents are filed with the County Clerk as Clerk of the Circuit/Family Court.
Extra copies for the Judge are not required, unless the court has specifically directed you to file an extra copy to provide to the Judge.