I-4-1-10.Receipt of Notice of Civil Action

Last Update: 7/3/14 (Transmittal I-4-30)

When a claimant files a new court case, the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) will usually notify the Office of Appellate Operations (OAO) via an email or a fax transmission directly to the Court Case Preparation and Review Branch (CCPRB). The CCPRB that handles the jurisdiction where the claimant filed the complaint will handle the new court case.

Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the claimant must also serve the Commissioner with a copy of the summons and complaint. The Office of Program Law in OGC receives the summons and complaint on the Commissioner's behalf and forwards a copy to the regional OGC.

When the CCPRB receives notice of a new court case, CCPRB staff will enter the case into the Appeals Review Processing System, secure the claim(s) file (when paper) and obtain a transcription of the hearing recording, as described in Hearings, Appeals and Litigation Law manual I-4-1-12 and I-4-1-14.