Case Number Definition

Explanation of Case Numbers

Case numbers look like the following: 94-C-140 This would mean that this is the 140th general civil case filed during 1994. Case number is year-case type-amount so far.

Case numbers are assigned when a case initiating document is filed. The case number is entered on the original and all copies of that document returned to filing attorney or party. It is crucial that careful control be exerted over the assignment of case numbers so that no two cases are given the same case numbers and that no case number is skipped. New case numbers are not assigned to cases that are reopened or cases remanded from the Supreme Court.



Case Type Codes.



    • C = General Civil (includes, but is not limited to torts, contract case, extraordinary writs, condemnation cases, removals from magistrate court, and foreign judgments)


    • D = Domestic Relations (Includes, but is not limited to, divorces, paternity suits; annulments, separate maintenance action, URESA cases, and original petitions for establishment of child or spousal support)


    • A = Adoption


    • MH = Mental Hygiene


    • G = Guardianship/Conservatorship


    • C-AP = Civil Appeal from Magistrate Court (Includes appeals in family violence cases)


    • P = Miscellaneous Proceedings (Includes miscellaneous civil proceedings which do not involve a money judgment, generally require only one hearing, and usually are presented by petition rather than complaint. Also includes petitions ancillary to criminal proceedings in magistrate court)


    • JA = Juvenile Proceeding – Child Abuse/Neglect


    • JD = Juvenile Proceeding – Delinquency



    • B = Felony Charge Bound Over to Circuit Court from Magistrate Court


    • F = Felony


    • M-AP = Criminal Appeal from Magistrate Court


    • MH = Mental Hygiene


    • G = Guardianship/Conservatorship