Tips for using the Supreme Court Word forms

Many of Supreme Court forms are available on this website in Microsoft Word format. Here are some tips about how to use these forms.

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Do I need to delete the red or grey tips and instructions?

The tips in red will temporarily disappear when you print the form. If you print a draft and want to make the tips reappear, click Ctrl-z (Mac: command-z). If you close and reopen the file, they will also reappear.

A few of the forms require you to delete paragraphs, including the Child Support Affidavit (Form F37) and Affidavit — Desk Order Divorce (Form F38). On these forms, there are instructions that say you can delete the red tips as well. You can delete the tips if you want a clean version of the form on-screen but you can't make them reappear.

Any grey shaded text is there for your information only. Once you click on the shaded area and start typing, the shaded text will disappear. If you think you may need to refer back to this text afterwards, print out the form before you start or open a second copy of the form on your computer.

What if I need more instructions or information to fill out the forms?

Some of the forms come with a PDF of instructions. You'll see a link to that PDF at the top of the forms that have instructions. You can print this PDF and follow along as you fill out the form on-screen or by hand.

Don’t forget to save your file to a place you’ll easily remember on your computer.

Can I print a blank form and fill it out by hand?

We recommend that you fill out the forms on-screen, but you may wish to print out a blank version of the form to:

  • create a draft,
  • fill out by hand, or
  • fill out on a typewriter.

Some forms must be filled out on-screen. If this is the case, you'll see an instruction to do this at the top of the form. If there is no instruction about this, then you may fill the blank form out by hand.

When you open the Word form and print it (File > Print), the tips in red will disappear.

What if I need more space on the form?

  • If you realize you need more space to fill out the form correctly, reopen the Word file to add more space on-screen before you print. Put the cursor into any of the grey boxes where you need more space and press Enter (Return) to create a new blank line (or as many as you need), then print the form again.
  • To add rows to a table, put your cursor in the last cell (the bottom right-hand corner) and press Tab until you have added enough rows.
  • You can also write "See attached" on the form and attach another page with additional text.

Tips for filling out the form on-screen

Use the Tab key to go from field to field (unless the instructions say not to). This will ensure the dates are formatted correctly (dd/Mmm/yyyy = 01/Jan/2001), and that if you fill in information in one place (like your name, for example), it will automatically appear elsewhere in the form.

To use the links on the Word form:

  • On a PC: Press Ctrl-click.
  • On a Mac: Click the link and wait a few seconds for it to load.

Can I use OpenOffice or another program to fill out these forms?

Because of how they've been set up with non-printing tips and instructions, these Word forms can only be used in Microsoft Word. You can't fill them out using other software (such as OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Apple Pages, or iWork).

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