United States District Court
For The
Northern District of Illinois


INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING CIVIL COVER SHEET FORM JS-44 (Automated)

The JS-44 civil cover sheet and the information contained herein neither replaces nor supplements the filings and service of pleading or other papers as required by law, except as provided by local rules of court. This form conforms with the data requirements required by the manual JS-44 approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States in September 1974 and is required for the use of the Clerk of Court for the purpose of initiating the civil docket sheet. Consequently a civil cover sheet is submitted to the Clerk of Court for each civil complaint filed. The attorney filing a case should complete the form as follows:

I. (a) Plaintiffs - Defendants. Enter names (last, first, middle initial) of plaintiff and defendant. If the plaintiff or defendant is a government agency, use only the full name or standard abbreviations. If the plaintiff or defendant is an official within a government agency, identify first the agency and then the official, giving both name and title.

(b) County of Residence. For each civil case filed, except U.S. plaintiff cases, enter the name of the county where the first listed plaintiff resides at the time of filing. In U.S. plaintiff cases, enter the name of the county in which the first listed defendant resides at the time of filing. (NOTE: In land condemnation cases, the county of residence of the "defendant" is the location of the tract of land involved.)

(c) Attorneys. Enter the firm name, address, telephone number, and attorney of record. If there are several attorneys, list them on an attachment, noting in this section "(see attachment)".

II. Jurisdiction. The basis of jurisdiction is set forth under Rule 8(a), F.R.C.P., which requires that jurisdictions be shown in pleadings. Select the jurisdiction from the drop down box. If there is more than one basis of jurisdiction, precedence is given in the order shown below:

III. Residence (citizenship) of Principal Parties. This section of the JS-44 is to be completed if diversity of citizenship is chosen as the basis of jurisdiction. Pick the appropriate choice from the drop down boxes for plaintiff and defendant.

IV. Origin Chose the appropriate origin of suit from the choices listed in the drop down box.

  1. Original Proceedings. - Cases which originate in the United States district courts.
  2. Removed from State Court. - Proceedings initiated in state courts may be removed to the district courts under Title 28 U.S.C. Section 1441.
  3. Remanded from Appellate Court. - Cases remanded to the district court for further action.
  4. Reinstated or Reopened. - Cases reopened of reinstated in the district court.
  5. Transferred from Another District. - For cases transferred under Title 28 U.S.C. Section 1404(a). Do not use this code for Within-District Transfers or multidistrict litigation transfers.
  6. Multidistrict Litigation. - Cases transferred into the district under the authority of Title U.S.C. Section 1407.
  7. Appeal to District Judge from Magistrate Judgment - Appeals from a magistrate judge's decision.

V. Nature of Suit. Chose the radio button of the nature of suit that best describes the cause of action. If the cause fits more than one nature of suit, select the most definitive.

VI. Cause of Action. Report the civil statute directly related to the cause of action and give a brief description of the cause in the text box.

VII. Requested in Complaint

VIII. Refiling Information This section is used to indicate whether or not the case is a refiling of a previously dismissed action. If the case is a refiling, enter the previous case number and the name of the judicial officer who dismissed the case.

The automated civil cover sheet will be created upon submission of the data. To print this sheet use the print function on your browser. Note: You may need to adjust the font size in your browser display to make the form print properly.