What does the case number mean?
Below are examples of how you may see criminal, miscellaneous and civil case numbers.
CR 03-00010-PHX-SMM or 2:03cr00010
|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
|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
|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.