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What does the case number mean?

Below are examples of how you may see criminal, miscellaneous and civil case numbers.

[division #]:[two-digit year]-xx-[case #]-[presiding Judge's initials]

03-CR-0010-WKW-CSC or 2:03cr0010-WKW-CSC
2          Northern Division
CR        Criminal Case
03        the year the case was filed
0010    the 10th criminal case filed in that year
WKW   the case is assigned to Judge W. Keith Watkins
CSC      the case is assigned to Magistrate Judge Charles S. Coody

01-MC-0021-WKW or 3:01mc0021-WKW
MC      Miscellaneous case
01        the year the case was filed
0021    the 21st miscellaneous cased filed in that year
3          Eastern Division
WKW   the case is assigned to Judge W. Keith Watkins

02-CV-0099-WKW-CSC or 1:02cv0099
CV        Civil case
02        the year the case was filed
0099    the 99th civil case filed in that year
1          Southern Division
WKW   the case is assigned to Judge W. Keith Watkins

The case number allows easy reference to specific civil and criminal cases. The case number assigns a unique reference to each case and is also used to identify the year the case was filed, the office in which it was filed, and the judicial officer to whom it is assigned. The use of case numbers allows for a uniform way to access case information within the federal system. Every document filed with the court must contain reference to the proper case number. This will assist in the proper routing of documents within the court.