To see an example of how mistakes made by district court (federal) clerks can be remedied by letter to the judge, go to:
The plaintiff reports an error with grave consequences by the default clerk, who erroneously denied his request for entry of default by clerk against Defendant Long Thang Cao, to Judge Lucy H. Koh. Defendant Cao returned an executed waiver of service of summons, which constitutes valid proof of service of summons for the purposes of such a request; however, Albert J. Younger, Default Clerk, denied the request anyway. This letter includes a transcript of the conversation between the plaintiff and the default clerk, in which the default clerk proffers his rationale for the denial.
To see how this and other mistakes were made and remedied, go to:
A collection of letters and court filings describing errors on the part of clerks, judges, and others, that is delaying timely prosecution of a civil matter filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Oakland Division, specifically, 08-CV-01354 PJH [James Alan Bush v. Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, et al.].
This may be helpful for those self-litigating their own lawsuits.