How Do I File a Lawsuit in LA County?

Have you suffered a personal injury? Do you want to take legal action but do not know where to start? In this blog, we explain what steps you need to take to file a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles County.


The first thing that is required for a civil lawsuit is a summons. The summons is the documentation that tells the defendant their rights and obligations regarding the lawsuit. The court clerk will stamp the summons and you will have to issue it when serving notice to the person you are suing.


The second thing you will need for your lawsuit is the complaint, which is a formal document that details your lawsuit. Information contained in the complaint includes:

  • Your claims
  • Causes of actions
  • How the lawsuit was brought forth

Civil Case Cover Sheet

The third aspect of filing a lawsuit is the civil case cover sheet. This page tells the court basic information about the type of lawsuit that is being filed, the amount of claims, and the number of parties involved.

Addendum & Statement of Location

The civil case cover sheet addendum and statement of location must also be included when you file your lawsuit. This addendum explains more details about your case, such as:

  • How long you anticipate the trial to take
  • The location of the incident in question

Filing Fee

The last thing you will need is to pay a filing fee. In Los Angeles County, unlimited or limited cases cost between $400 and $500.

Speak to a Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you are bringing a claim on behalf of a minor, you will have to meet additional filing requirements. Our lawyers can explain what you need and walk you through the process. At Reed & Garcia Law, PC, we are dedicated to helping clients recover maximum compensation for their injuries. We will aggressively defend your rights and protect your interests. Let us get to work for you.

Call (310) 242-8933, or contact our Culver City personal injury lawyers to schedule your free consultation with our legal team.