Every case is different and these instructions are to be used as a guide only; if you think you need more help you may want to get an attorney. You can also go to a Court Service Center or contact the Connecticut Network for Legal Aid or find additional information at the Law Libraries. Court Staff can help you understand the legal process, and while they may give you procedural information, they cannot give you legal advice.
To start a civil lawsuit you have to first fill out a:
- Your legal Complaint (This must be written by you, the Plaintiff)
After the paperwork has been signed by the Clerk, the original summons and complaint must be given to a State Marshal who will serve the party or parties being sued (the defendant(s). The Clerk’s office or the Court Service Center can give you a list of State Marshals. The State Marshal will charge you a fee for delivering the paperwork. If you do not think you can afford to pay the fee, you may ask the court to pay the fee for you. The form you must use is the Application for Waiver of Fees form (JD-CV-120). You must file this form for the court to review before you bring the paperwork to the State Marshal.
You may also use the Application for Waiver of Fees form (JD-CV-120) if you do not think you can afford to pay the fee that is required to file your lawsuit in court. You can use a single Application form to ask the court to excuse you from paying the filing fee and the marshal’s fee.
After the State Marshal has delivered the paperwork to the defendant(s), the original paperwork must be returned to the Clerk’s Office along with the required filing fee or with an Application for Waiver of Fees that has been granted by the court.