How do I draft a complaint?

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A complaint must be on 8 ½” x 11” paper, double-spaced, and either typed in a font no smaller than 13 point or written legibly in ink. It must include a caption, the basis for subject-matter jurisdiction, a short statement of the claim, a demand for the relief sought, and a signature block. Chapter 4 of the Handbook for Self-Represented Litigants has more information about each of those components. You can click on that title to access the handbook.

You may also choose to use "complaint packets" available here: Electronic Pro Se (E-Pro Se) Program

The electronic complaint packets are produced using a question and answer interview process. At the end of the interview, the complaint and initial forms necessary are produced for you as a word processing document.

Complaint forms are also provided on the Judiciary's website at