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How to File a Civil Action: The Complaint

The first step in filing a lawsuit is to prepare a complaint.  The Court has specialized forms available for filing complaints for employment discrimination and appealing a denial of Social Security benefits, as well as a general complaint form.  You are not required to use these forms, but you may find it helpful to look them over.

Here are tutorials on how to complete these forms.

Video Demonstration Form with Explanation
General Civil Complaint General Civil Complaint
Denial of Social Security Benefits Denial of Social Security Benefits
Employment Discrimination Employment Discrimination

The Instructions for Filing a Civil Action on Your Own Behalf provide additional information about the paper size, the document format, signature requirements, and the number of copies you must provide at the time of filing your complaint.


Nothing in these links or tutorials should be viewed as legal advice.