In order to let the opposing party, or defendant, know you are filing a civil action, you must serve the opposing party with a copy of your complaint. This service is accomplished by issuing a summons through the Clerk’s Office. The Court has a standard summons form.
You must include two completed summons for each defendant listed on your complaint. You must include six completed summons for each defendant that is the United States, a federal agency, or a federal employee in an official capacity. For additional information about the summons, review the Instructions for Filing a Civil Action on Your Own Behalf.