How do I file a case asking for more than $5,000?
- The Civil Actions Branch is responsible for processing all civil cases requesting damages above $5,000. In addition, they process cases requesting equitable relief, meaning that the person is requesting a judge to order someone to do or not do something.
To file a civil action:
- An original complaint includes the name and address of the plaintiff(s) and defendant(s); Parties and attorneys must sign the complaint and include their address, telephone number and e-mail address.
- One copy of the original complaint for each defendant listed on the complaint; and
- A summons for each named defendant. Filing fees can be paid by cash, certified check, credit card (America Express, Discover, Visa or MasterCard), personal check or money order, made payable to: Clerk, D.C. Superior Court." A personal check is only accepted for cases filed in the Civil Actions Branch and must be presented in person with proper ID.
- Requests for issuance of alias summonses are $10.00 each. Alias summonses are any summonses requested after the initial summons to be served upon a defendant. Initial summonses to more than one address for a defendant or for service against the District of Columbia or the Mayor does not require an additional $10.00 fee.
- The complaint and subsequent papers must be on white 8-1/2 x 11 paper single sided and fastened at the top.
- "D.C. Superior Court" must be indicated across the top of the first page on each filing.
- Pro se parties must sign the complaint and include their address and telephone number (A handwritten signature must be provided, a name affixed by a rubber stamp is not acceptable as a signature)
- Discovery pleadings are not filed with the court unless the court so orders