Filing a Federal Complaint

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Copy & Paste Template Below

2. Read & Remove all text in brackets [ ] 

3. Replace all text in blue with your information

 

TEMPLATE FOR A FEDERAL COMPLAINT IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE STATE OF HAWAI’I

Your Name

Address

Kapa’a, HI 96746

Phone:  808-xxx-xxxx

E-mail:  you@example.com

In Propria Persona

 

United States District Court

District of Hawaii

 

Your Name   

                                               )  CASE NO. Civil _________

                                                  [case # is given after filing – leave blank]

Plaintiff,                                )

                                              )

v.

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Their name(s)                     )

                                             )

Defendants.                         )

__________________________ )

 

Complaint for Declaratory and Emergency Injunctive Relief [or other title]

Plaintiff complains as follows:

Introduction

[1. Number each paragraph, keeping sentences simple and using a new number for each item to be answered.]

Introduce what you are alleging and what constitutional amendments are being violated.

Jurisdiction and Venue

Explain how and why this court has jurisdiction over the matter and why this court is the proper venue.

Standing

Describe the cause of action and your right to sue.

Parties

Name all parties and how they are responsible to this suit.

Legal Context

Describe the legal authority to bring a lawsuit for your cause of action based on concepts of law. Also list laws which allow for damages to be won based on facts alleged.

Facts

List all of the essential facts intended to prove what you allege in your complaint.

Conclusion

Bring together all previous statements and facts into a final summary of intent.

Prayer for relief

Tell the court what you want them to do to provide relief, including an amount for damages (if any).

 

Verification

 I, ____________, am the plaintiff in the above-entitled action. I have read the foregoing and know the contents thereof. The same is true of my own knowledge, except as to those matters which are therein alleged on information and belief, and as to those matters, I believe it to be true.  I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct and that this declaration was executed at ________________, Hawai’i

 

DATED:  10/28/2020     

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                                                                        Your Name