Starting a civil lawsuit


Lawsuits are governed by state and local court rules. Court rules contain procedural and other information and apply to every case. See the Court rules page for more information.

What is a civil lawsuit?

A civil lawsuit involves a legal dispute between two or more parties. Civil law applies when a person, business, or agency sues another person, business, or agency.

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General information

Free eBook about civil lawsuits

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How to find the eBook about civil lawsuits

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Self-help kit from the law library

self-help form kits

The law library sells a Start a Civil Lawsuit in Superior Court self-help kit with forms and instructions to start a civil lawsuit in Superior Court against a person. It does not cover procedures after the initial filing and is not intended for District Court. Kits can be purchased at the library or online and mailed out.

Formatting court documents