Read this to help guide you when you need to file a "Judicial Council Form"
Many California court procedures require pre-printed forms. These forms are called "Judicial Council Forms" and are the same forms used by every superior court in California. Judicial Council forms provide you with an easy "check-the-box" format and are available for many civil and criminal cases.
The first step in completing a Judicial Council Form is to see if the California Courts have developed a form for your exact legal problem. To view a list of Judicial Council Forms, click here.
If there is a Judicial Council form available for your exact legal problem, look at the small print in the bottom left corner of the form. If it says "mandatory", you must use that form. If it says "optional" you can use it, but it is not required.
If you cannot find a Judicial Council form for your exact legal problem, then you will have to type your own form on 28-line pleading paper in a very specific format. See California Rules of Court, starting with rule 2.100, for formatting requirements. You can find pleading paper formatted for Los Angeles Superior Court for free on our website, click here. You can find samples of legal documents created on pleading paper at the Library. A good starting point is Litigation by the Numbers or a form book set such as California Forms of Pleading and Practice.
- You can get "Judicial Council Forms" by downloading them off the California Courts website, click here.
- If you need help understanding how to use fillable Judicial Council Forms, click here.
- If you need help filling out a Judicial Council form, you can find sample forms in filled-out format at the Library. A good starting point is Nolo's Win Your Lawsuit or a form book set such as California Forms of Pleading and Practice. For help finding local court forms you may need, go to your county's court website. For help locating your county's court website, click here. For local forms for Los Angeles Superior Court cases, click here.