Court Forms & How to File
Learn how to find and fill out legal forms, how to create your own legal documents, and how to file documents with the court.
Forms have been created (by courts, self-help centers, legal aid organizations, etc.) to help people in their court cases. Forms may not explain the law to you, and they may not provide or cover all of the information necessary for the court to reach a decision. All of the forms on this website have been approved for use in Clark County Family Court, Nevada.
If you can't find a form here, there are many places where you might be able to find legal forms. If you cannot find a form, you may have to create a form using a sample, an outline, or instructions from a variety of resources. Your local law library will be a terrific resource and the place to start your research. Visit our Law Libraries page to learn more.
- Make sure you have the most current version of the form.
- Only use one side of the paper. The court only accepts single-sided copies. Making double-sided copies can result in future copying mistakes.
- Read the entire form and any instructions that came with it BEFORE you start filling out the form. This will give you a better idea of the form’s purpose and what information you will need to provide.
- Be sure your completed forms are easy to read. Type them up online if possible, or use dark ink if printing by hand.
- You always need to fill out the "caption" on the first page. The caption contains your name, address, phone number, and e-mail. If you want your home address to stay private, you can use another address where you receive mail. The caption also lists the name of the plaintiff, the name of the defendant, the case number, and the department number.
The case caption almost never changes during the course of a case. Typically, whoever is listed as the plaintiff at the start of the case will stay the plaintiff until the end. The same is true for the defendant, the case number, and the department number.
- If you do not have a lawyer, write "self-represented" anywhere the form asks for the name of your attorney.
- Fill out the forms completely. If something does not apply to you, write "N/A" (meaning "not applicable"). If the answer to a question is "none," write "none." If you do not know the answer to a question, write "unknown." Try not to leave blanks in your forms.
- Sign your forms in each place that requires your signature. Use dark ink only. Notice that on many court forms you are signing "under penalty of perjury." That means when you sign the form you are declaring that what is on the form is true and correct. Take this seriously! There are both civil and criminal penalties for perjury.
- If you need legal advice before filling out your forms, you may need to talk to a private attorney (visit Lawyers and Legal Help), a volunteer attorney at one of the Ask-A-Lawyer programs, or an attorney at one of the free legal classes if your question relates to one of the class topics. You can also go to your local law library and ask a librarian for books and resources to help you complete your forms.
- Keep the originals of every form you file. Keep your legal documents in a safe place for your records. Take your entire document file with you every time you go to the courthouse.
Fill-in-the-blank legal forms address the most common situations that courts and judges see over and over. But there may not be a ready-made form that addresses all your needs. If you cannot find the pre-printed, fill-in-the-blank form you need, you will have to create the legal document yourself.
If you need to create your own legal document, try to find a good example to work from.
- Look for a sample that is the same general type of pleading or motion that you are creating. For example, if you are trying to write a complaint, look for a sample complaint (not a sample motion or opposition). Different types of legal documents are used to accomplish different things in different situations.
- Find a sample document where the party is trying to accomplish the same thing as you.
- Use the samples you find ONLY as guides to help you create your own documents. Do not copy word for word because some things may not apply to your case and could even hurt you. If you do not understand a word or phrase, do not include it unless you find out what it means.
Make sure the format complies with the rules of the court where your case is pending. Most courts have rules about how documents are supposed to look and what information they must contain. If you have a case in the Eighth Judicial District Court, Local Rule 7.20 governs the general form of papers to be filed, exhibits, documents, and legal citation. There are other local rules that may also apply to your documents. Visit our District Court Rules page to learn more. For district court document preparation guidelines, visit the District Court Clerk Document Guidelines page.
To download blank pleading paper in Microsoft Word that you can use to prepare your own documents, click on the link below:
If you need to file documents with the court, you must attach a title page in the proper court format and give your filing a name. You can download a blank title page below if you need a cover page to attach to documents you would like to file.
Blank Cover / Title Page (pdf fillable) - attach your documents after this page
Any document you want the judge to see must be “filed.” There may be a filing fee for the documents you are trying to file, which is payable by cash, money order, and most major credit/debit cards. You can find a list of all the filing fees in the Clark County District Court on the Clerk's Filing Fee Chart. If you cannot afford the filing fee, visit Fee Waivers for information on how to ask the court to waive the filing fee.
There are three ways that court documents are filed:
In Person: In-person filing is not currently allowed due to COVID-19. Please file by mail or online.
By Mail: Send your forms and the filing fee (with a check or money order for any fee made out to Clerk of Court) to:
Family Courts and Services Center
Attn: Clerk of Court
601 North Pecos Road
Las Vegas, NV 89101
- Online: You can file online through the court's e-filing system, eFileNV. There is a fee of $3.50 to upload your documents, in addition to the regular filing fee. You must register for an account, you must provide a valid email address, and you must be able to scan and upload your documents.
After filing your documents, you usually need to “serve” a copy of the documents on the other party. The court does not serve the documents for you. Be sure you understand and follow the rules of service. If you do not, your case could be delayed or dismissed.
To visit the Clerk of Court's website and learn more about filing in the district court, click here.