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. Please note that all filing fees must be paid by cash, certified check, credit card (America Express, Discover, Visa or MasterCard) or money order, made payable to: Clerk, D.C. Superior Court." (Only members of the D.C. Bar may pay filing fees by personal check. Bar members should include their bar number on the personal check).
- Requests for issuance of additional summonses are $10.00 each. Additional summonses are needed when requests are made for service upon defendant/defendants at more than one address and when bringing suit against the District of Columbia or the Mayor.
- 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