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Chapter 3 - Filing and Service of Pleadings

3.3 - Form of Pleadings

(a) Caption

All pleadings filed with OCAHO (including the complaint) must contain a caption setting forth the following information:

  • the statutory provision under which the proceeding is instituted;
  • the title of the proceeding;
  • the case number assigned by OCAHO (if known);
  • the names of all parties (or, for all pleadings after the complaint, at least the first party named as the complainant and respondent, respectively); and
  • a designation of the type of pleading (e.g., complaint, motion to dismiss, etc.).

(b) Signature, Date, and Contact Information

Every pleading filed with OCAHO must be signed, dated, and must contain the address and telephone number of the party or representative who is filing the pleading.

(c) Format

Pleadings must be on standard size (8½ x 11) paper and must be typewritten whenever possible. Illegible documents (whether handwritten, typewritten, photocopied, or otherwise) will not be accepted. Papers may be reproduced by any duplicating process, provided that all copies are clear and legible.

(d) Language

All pleadings and other documents submitted to OCAHO must be submitted in the English language or, if in a foreign language, must be accompanied by a certified English translation. See 28 C.F.R. § 68.7(e).