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CM/ECF User Manual

Opening a Civil Case – Complaint, Petition, or Notice of Removal

Required documents:

The following documents must be prepared prior to beginning the case opening process:

To file a Complaint or PetitionTo file a Notice of Removal
  1. Complaint or Petition in text searchable PDF format
  2. Civil Cover Sheet (JS44) in text searchable PDF format
  3. Summons for issuance by the Clerk’s Office, if appropriate
  1. Notice of Removal in text searchable PDF format
  2. Civil Cover Sheet (JS44) in text searchable PDF format
  3. Copies of the required state court pleadings
    • Complaint
    • Executed summons
    • Answers
    • Pending motions

Entry of underlying case opening information:

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1. Click on Civil on the main CM/ECF menu bar. image003
2. Click on Open a Civil Case from the civil events list. image005

 

Selecting the Divisional Venue:

The first step is to select the correct divisional venue in accordance with LR 3-2(b).

  • When filing a Complaint or Petition, the divisional venue is the division of the court in which a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred or a substantial part of the property that is the subject of the action is situated.
  • When filing a Notice of Removal, the divisional venue is the county where the originating complaint was filed.
  • LR 3-2(a) establishes counties and their corresponding divisional codes as follows:
    1. Portland Division (Division Code 3): Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Hood River, Jefferson, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington, and Yamhill counties.
    2. Pendleton Division (Division Code 2): Baker, Crook, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, and Wheeler counties.
    3. Eugene Division (Division Code 6): Benton, Coos, Deschutes, Douglas, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion counties.
    4. Medford Division (Division Code 1): Curry, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, and Lake counties.
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Determine the proper division and then select the appropriate Office from the drop-down menu. image007
Click the Next button. Fill out the Other court name and Other court number fields with the appropriate state court information if you are filing a Notice of Removal.  It is not necessary to fill out these fields if you are filing a Complaint or Petition. image009

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