Post Number: 254
|Posted on Friday, September 27, 2002 - 03:34 am: ||
It seems pretty simple:
1) Identifying information
My name, etc.
2) A Caption
The court info, case # (once I filed) and sometimes the type of case ("Breach of Contract" or "Negligence")
3) Jurisdictional facts
There's a LOT, but I hope I don't have to worry about it.
4) Factual Assertions.
In plain English, I should briefly recite the facts ("allegations") that make up the claim.
I do NOT have to set forth all the evidence. They say a short summary is usually good enough.
(Some States such as California and New York are "code pleading" states and require more facts and details.)
5) The "prayer for relief"
What I want for legal relief.
6) My signature
Well, that's easy.
In many states you "verify" the complaint by including the "under penalty of perjury" line above the sig - that's state specific language.
When you file "verified" the defendant has to file a verified answer.