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Northern District of Texas

Barbara M.G. Lynn, Chief Judge
Karen Mitchell, Clerk of Court

General Civil Filing Information

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When presenting a document for filing in a civil case, you must comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) and the Local Civil Rules (LR) of the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas. Caution: All applicable rules must be adhered to; the list below is not exhaustive.

FRCP 3 : Commencement of Action LR 3.1/3.2: Filing Complaint/Certificate of Interested Persons
FRCP 4: Summons LR 4.1: Proof of Service or of Waiver of Service
FRCP 5: Service and Filing of Pleadings and Other Papers LR 5.1: Filing of Pleadings, Motions, or Other Papers

LR 5.2: Filing Discovery Materials

FRCP 7: Pleadings Allowed; Form of Motions LR 7.1: Motion Practice

LR 7.2: Briefs

LR 56.1-56.7: (Regarding Motions for Summary Judgment)

FRCP 8: General Rules of Pleading  
FRCP 10: Form of Pleadings LR 10.1: Required Form
FRCP 11: Signing of Pleadings, Motions, and Other Papers; Representations to Court; Sanctions LR 11.1: Electronic Signature
FRCP 15: Amended and Supplemental Pleadings LR 15.1: Motions to Amend
FRCP 81: Removed Actions LR 81.1: Filing a Removal


Unless otherwise ordered by the presiding judge, an attorney, other than a prisoner pro se party, must file electronically (except a complaint). You may file your complaint electronically. If the document is filed electronically, follow the judge's copy requirements as required by the ECF Administrative Procedures Manual. A judge's copy is required for each document filed on paper, and if you want to keep a file stamped copy, submit an additional copy (i.e., one original and 2 copies). If you want the extra file stamped copy mailed to you, submit a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

If you are filing a Notice of Removal, please attach a completed Civil Cover Sheet and Supplemental Cover Sheet to the initiating document. After the Notice of Removal has been entered on the docket sheet, please file a separately signed Certificate of Interested Persons.

You must file a document in the divisional office where the case is pending. The court will not accept faxed filings.

Pursuant to FRCP 5, the Clerk’s Office will not refuse to file a document solely because it is not presented in proper form. The Clerk’s Office will refuse a complaint if not submitted with the appropriate filing fee (see Fee Schedule and 28 USC 1914).

Also, the Clerk’s Office will return, under a "Notice of Return of Discovery Materials," any discovery materials that are not approved under LR 5.2.

Common Filing Deficiencies

  • No civil cover sheet filed with complaint [LR 3.1(a)]
  • No signature block that sets forth the attorney’s bar number and a facsimile number and e-mail address where information may be sent to the attorney [LR 10.1]
  • No certificate of service as defined in FRCP 5(d)
  • Failure to comply with motion practice requirements of LR 7.1 (e.g., no accompanying brief, certificate of conference, or proposed order)
  • Document not signed [FRCP 11]
  • No copy of the proposed amended pleading with a motion for leave to amend [LR 15.1]
  • No signature of party on a motion for continuance [LR 40.1]
  • Removal of action from state court not in compliance with LR 81.1
  • No admission to practice in the Northern District of Texas [LR 83.7]
  • No Supplemental Cover Sheet [Notice of Removal]