* Rule 3– Commencing a Civil Action: Filing a Complaint *

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Simplified:
Title II – Commencing an Action; Service of Process; Pleadings, Motions, & Orders
Rule 3 – Commencing a Civil Action: Filing a Complaint

Continued from Rule 2 – One Form of Action.


Rule 3 Transcript:

A civil action is commenced by filing a complaint with the court.” [1]


Related Definitions:

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Civil Complaint – commences the civil action, stating the basis for the court’s jurisdiction, the plaintiff’s claim, and specified monetary (damages) and/or non-monetary practical demand(s) for relief[2]


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Rule 4 – Serving a ‘Summons’ to the Defendant(s)


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[1]: United States Courts, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (2017):  www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/current-rules-practice-procedure/federal-rules-civil-procedure

[2]: Shortened definition of “complaint” is an amalgamation of:

[2]: Bill Gates quote saved from Legend quotes:  http://legendsquotes.com/2015/11/02/i-am-a-great-believer-bill-gates/


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