Idaho Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 3(a). Commencement of Action.
(1) A civil action is commenced by the filing of a complaint with the court, which may be denominated as a complaint, petition or application, and any party filing the same shall be designated as the plaintiff or petitioner, and any party against whom the same is filed shall be designated as the defendant or respondent. Complaints, petitions or applications in family law cases, including divorce, custody, paternity, modification, minor guardianship, adoption, termination of parental rights, civil protection orders and child protection act shall not be filed unless and until the filing party furnishes to the clerk a completed family law case information sheet on a form adopted by the Supreme Court and furnished by the clerk. This family law case information sheet shall be exempt from disclosure according to I.C.A.R. 32(d). No claim, controversy or dispute, may be submitted to any court in the state for determination or judgment without filing a complaint or petition as provided in these rules; nor shall any judgment or decree be entered by any court without service of process upon all parties affected by such judgment or decree in the manner prescribed by these rules.
(2) Commencement of a protection order proceeding. An action for a domestic violence protection order may not be filed unless accompanied by information in whatever form required by the court to allow entry of the protection order into the Idaho Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (to be transferred by the court to the appropriate law enforcement agency with any signed order). A copy of this sheet shall not be maintained in the court file. Such action may be commenced or defended on behalf of a minor as set forth in I.R.C.P. 17(c).
(Amended March 17, 2006, effective July 1, 2006.)
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