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RULE 5.1 FORM OF PLEADINGS AND PAPERS

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(a) Form. Pleadings, motions, briefs, and other papers submitted for filing must be typewritten or printed on letter size paper. The pages must be fastened at the upper left corner without manuscript cover. Typewritten documents must be double-spaced. Documents filed electronically must comply with this rule to the extent practicable.

(b) Signing of Pleadings. The original of every pleading, motion, or other paper filed by an attorney must bear the genuine signature of at least one attorney of record. The original of every pleading, motion, or other paper filed by a party not represented by an attorney must bear the genuine signature of the pro se party. Stamped or facsimile signatures on original pleadings, motions, or other papers filed by pro se parties or by attorneys are not acceptable. D. Kan. Rule 5.4.8 governs signatures on documents filed electronically.

(c) Contact Information and Bar Registration Numbers.

(1) Requirements for Pro Se Parties and Attorneys. Parties or attorneys signing papers submitted for filing must include:
(A) their names;
(B) addresses;
(C) telephone numbers;
(D) facsimile numbers; and
(E) e-mail addresses.
(2) Additional Requirements for Attorneys. Attorneys must also include their state supreme court registration numbers or, where an attorney is not admitted to practice in Kansas, the equivalent. Attorneys admitted from the Western District of Missouri, by reciprocal admission, must include their Kansas District Court registration number.
(3) Duty to Update Contact Information. Each attorney or pro se party must notify the clerk in writing of any change of address or telephone number. Any notice mailed to the last address of record of an attorney or pro se party is sufficient notice.

(d) Entry of Appearance by Attorneys. An attorney enters his or her appearance by:
(1) signing and filing a formal entry of appearance; or
(2) signing the initial pleading, motion, or notice of removal filed in the case. Entries of appearance must comply with subsection (c) of this rule.

(e) Attorney Appearances in Removed and Transferred Cases.

(1) Duty to Clients. The transfer or removal of a case to the District of Kansas does not relieve attorneys who appeared in the other court of their obligations to their clients.
(2) Attorneys Admitted in this Court. Attorneys admitted to practice in this court will be entered as attorneys of record in the action in this court.
(3) Attorneys Not Admitted in this Court. Attorneys not admitted to practice in this court must, within 21 days of the removal or transfer, either:
(A) obtain admission to practice in this court, if eligible;
(B) associate with an attorney admitted to practice in this court, who must move to admit the attorney not admitted to practice in this court in accordance with D. Kan. Rule 83.5.4; or
(C) move to withdraw in accordance with D. Kan. Rule 83.5.5.

(f) Exhibits to Pleadings or Papers. Bulky or voluminous materials should not be filed in their entirety or incorporated by reference unless the court finds the materials essential and grants leave to file them. The court may strike any pleading or paper filed in violation of this rule.

(g) Certificates of Service. Certificates of service of papers pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 5(d) must state:
(1) the name and address of the attorney or party served;
(2) the capacity in which such person was served (i.e., as attorney for plaintiff or a particular defendant);
(3) the manner of service; and
(4) the date of service.

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As amended 12/1/09, 4/13/06, 3/17/04, 6/22/98, 2/27/98, 10/20/93.