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 Amended Complaint

 Superior Court of California

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 Timing

Without Leave of Court Before Answer or Hearing on Demurrer

Any complaint or cross-complaint may be amended once at any time before the answer is filed, or, if more...   

At Any Time With Leave of Court

Leave of court to amend a complaint or cross-complaint may be sought at any time. . Los Angeles County SmartRules procedural guide: more...

 Amended Complaint Rules

Form of Amended Pleading

If the complaint is amended, a copy of the amendments shall be filed, or the court may, in more...

A proposed amendment or amended pleading must be serially numbered to differentiate it from previous pleadings or amendments. more...

The court may deem a motion to file an amendment to a pleading to be a motion to more...

An amendment to a pleading must not be made by alterations on the face of a pleading except more...

Amendment To Substitute True Name For "Doe" Defendant

A plaintiff ignorant of the name of a defendant may amend the pleading by completing and submitting to more...

 Pleading Rules

Fact Pleading

Every cause of action must include a statement of facts in ordinary and concise language. .Concise statements of the essential elements that must be pled for most causes of action can be found more...

Common Counts

Common counts do not require fact pleading and include "For money had and received," "For goods sold and more...

Numbering and Identification

Each separately stated cause of action, count, or defense must specifically state: more...

(1) Its number (e.g., first cause of action ); more...

(2) Its nature (e.g., for fraud ); more...

(3) The party asserting it if more than one party is represented on the pleading (e.g., by plaintiff Jones ); more...

(4) The party or parties to whom it is directed (e.g., against defendant Smith ). more...

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Exhibits May Be Incorporated By Reference

Exhibits may be attached and incorporated by reference. Caselaw authority holds that exhibits are part of the pleading. more...

Demand For Judgment

Every Amended Complaint must include a demand for judgment. .The amount of money sought to be recovered must be stated, unless the action is to recover actual more...

Punitive Damages

A claim for punitive damages must not state the amount of damages sought. .Caselaw authority holds that a claim for punitive damages requires specific factual allegations that show that defendant acted more...

The procedure for seeking punitive damages on a default judgment is provided by Code Civ. Proc. 425.115. more...

Verification

Verified complaints are required for certain causes of action. more...

Actions Requiring Venue Allegations

Actions based on certain statutes require appropriate venue allegations. more...

 Special Requirements for Particular Matters

Short Cause Cases

Short cause cases are governed by . more...

Uninsured Motorist Cases

To allow for arbitration of the plaintiff's claim, the California Rules of Court civil case management rules do more...

Collections Cases

Collections cases are governed by . more...

 Format of Papers

Caption

An amended pleading must bear a caption indicating that it is an amended pleading and be serially numbered more...

Every pleading must set forth the name of the court and county in which the action is brought more...

Below the title of the court, in the space to the left of the center of the page, more...

Plaintiff may name "Doe" defendants and allege in the body of the complaint or cross-complaint that the plaintiff more...

Below the number of the case, must appear the nature of the paper, and, on all complaints and more...

Limited Civil Cases Must Be Designated In Caption

A limited civil case must be designated as such in the caption. .Where the caption erroneously fails to designate a limited civil case, the court may, on motion or sua more...

On the complaint, petition, or application filed in a limited civil case, immediately below the character of the more...

Editor's Note: $10,000 is no longer the threshold dollar amount for limited civil actions. The amount is set by the California Code of Civil Procedure and is currently $25,000. more...

Official Form Complaints

Judicial Council Official Form Complaints are available for many types of actions. The forms are available online at: more...

Signature

Every paper filed with the court must be signed by the attorney or unrepresented party submitting the paper. more...

Additional Requirements

Los Angeles County SmartRules procedural guide: GENERALLY APPLICABLE RULES AND FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS. more...

Preemption of Local Rules

California Rule of Court 3.20 states that the Judicial Council preempts local court rules relating to pleadings, demurrers, more...

 Additional Documents

Summons

A Summons is necessary for new defendants. more...

Blank summons forms are available from the clerk and at .Summons must be directed to each defendant, signed by the clerk, issued under the seal of the court more...

"After payment of all applicable fees, the plaintiff may have the clerk issue one or more summons for more...

"After a summons has been served on a person, proof of service of the summons must be filed more...

The summons and complaint must be served on a defendant within three (3) years after the complaint is filed. more...

ADR Information Sheet

The plaintiff must serve a copy of the ADR information package on each defendant along with the complaint. more...

Notice of Related Case

Duty to Provide Notice

A party must serve and file a Notice of Related Case whenever a party in a civil action more...

Definition of Related Case

A pending civil case is related to another action or proceeding pending, dismissed, or disposed of by judgment, more...

Involved the same parties and are based on the same or similar claims; more...

Arise from the same or substantially identical transactions, incidents, or events requiring the determination of the same or substantially more...

Involve claims against, title to, possession of, or damages to the same property; or more...

Are likely for other reasons to require substantial duplication of judicial resources if heard by different judges. more...

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Los Angeles County SmartRules procedural guide: NOTICE OF RELATED CASE. more...

Filing, Service and Response to Notice of Related Case

The Notice must be served on all known parties in each related action or proceeding. .Within ten (10) days of service of a Notice of Related Case, a party may serve and file more...

Notice of Related Case

Complex Cases

Where one of the cases listed in a Notice of Related Cases has been assigned to a

Probate and Family Law

Where the case listed in a Notice of Related Cases contains a probate or family law case,

Motion to Relate Cases

In the event that the pertinent judge under California Rule of Court 3.300(h)(1)(A)(B)(C), does not order related any

Inform Court of ADR Proceedings

Every counsel in cases that have been related must inform the court of all pending alternative dispute .

Opposition/Response to Notice of Related Case

Within ten (10) days of service of a Notice of Related Case, a party may serve a response more...

Improper Refiling

A party must not dismiss and then refile a case for the purpose of obtaining a different judge. more...

Duty of Counsel

Every counsel in the second action referred to in subdivision (d) above, must immediately bring the fact of more...

 Filing & Service

Filing

All Pleadings With Proof of Service

All pleadings subsequent to the complaint must be filed with the court, together with proof of service upon more...

Proof of Service

As used in the California Rules of Court, "proof of service" means a declaration stating that service has more...

Filing Fee

The Los Angeles County fee schedule is online at . more...

Requirement of Electronic Filing in Some Jurisdictions

Electronic filing is required in some jurisdictions for certain types of actions, and is available but optional for more...

Local Rules Regarding E-Filing

Electronic Filing--Not Available At All Locations

Consult the filing clerk for the applicable court location to learn if electronic filing is available at that more...

Electronic Issuance of Summons

Upon electronic filing of a complaint, petition, or other document that must be served with a summons, a more...

Service

In General

Copies of all pleadings subsequent to the complaint must be served upon the adverse party or his attorney. more...

A copy of the amendments or amended complaint must be served upon the defendants affected thereby. . more...

On Attorney of Represented Party

Whenever a document is required to be served on a party, the service must be made on the more...

New Parties -- Service Of Process

Service of process must be effected as to defendants who have not yet appeared in the action. more...

Fax Service

Service may be made by fax only on written agreement of the parties. . Fax service completed after 5 p.m. is deemed to have occurred on the next court day. more...

 

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