Springfield, MA asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Rhode Island

Q: What US Statutes would I cite for 14th Amendment Due Process Violations, & which do I cite for Tort Claims - negligence

Filling out the Federal Civil Cover sheet on my own. It says to cite US Statutes for my claims. I am suing for violation of Due Process under 14th Amendment. My dog was taken and killed. I know 1983 for violation of rights but I also need to cite the 14th amendment clause for deprivation of property in my cover sheet also correct? I am suing tort claims also. Didn't know if I just include tort claims on the complaint or if there was statutes I need to cite despite this being common tort law.

1 Lawyer Answer
Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL

A: I would suggest you re evaluate your decision to go pro se.

From your question it appears you do not have a total grasp on the fundamentals.


There is no statute for negligence and malicious prosecution. They are torts of common law.

When you sue for a violation of civil rights you sue under 28 USC section 1983 which is cited in the complaint

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