What does the case number mean?

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Below are examples of how you may see criminal, miscellaneous and civil case numbers.

CR 03-00010-PHX-SMM or 2:03cr00010

CR Criminal Case
03 the year the case was filed
00010 the 10th criminal case filed in that year
PHX or 2 Phoenix Division case
SMM the case is assigned to Judge Stephen M. McNamee

MC 01-00021-PCT-GMS or 3:01mc00021

MC Miscellaneous case
01 the year the case was filed
00021 the 21st miscellaneous cased filed in that year
PCT or 3 Prescott Division case
EHC the case is assigned to Judge G. Murray Snow

CV 02-00099-TUC-JGZ (BGM) or 4:02cv00099

CV Civil case
02 the year the case was filed
00099 the 99th civil case filed in that year
TUC or 4 Tucson Division case
JMR the case is assigned to Judge Jennifer G. Zipps
(GEE) the case is referred to Magistrate Judge Bruce G. Macdonald

The case number allows easy reference to specific civil and criminal cases. The case number assigns a unique reference to each case and is also used to identify the year the case was filed, the office in which it was filed, and the judicial officer to whom it is assigned. The use of case numbers allows for a uniform way to access case information within the federal system. Every document filed with the court must contain reference to the proper case number. This will assist in the proper routing of documents within the court.

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