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Filing Without an Attorney

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Pro Se Information & Forms

(These forms are to be used for non-prisoner Pro Se filers.  For Pro Se Prisoner Forms please refer to that section below.)

Standing Order 94-2: Standing Practice Order in Pro Se Plaintiff Cases (Amended 2/8/11)

Complaint Filing Instructions PDF

AO-240 In Forma Pauperis PDF (fillable)

Pro Se Complaint Form: PDF

JS-44 Form (Civil Coversheet): PDF (fillable)

JS-44 (Civil Coversheet) Instructions: PDF

AO-085 Notice, Consent, and Reference of a Civil Action to a Magistrate Judge

Consent to Proceed Before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Direct Assignment Civil Cases

Instructions for Pro Se Plaintiff proceeding In Forma Pauperis (Proceeding without prepayment of fees)

AO-398 Notice of Lawsuit and Request for Waiver

AO-399 Waiver of the Service of Summons

IN FORMA PAUPERIS NOTICE

USM-285 Process Receipt and Return and Instructions for Service of Process by U.S. Marshal

You will also need an individual PACER account to gain access to our electronic case filing system. Register for one at PACER.gov.

Prisoner Filing Information & Forms

Pro Se Prisoner Civil Complaint Packet

Excerpts of Local Rules of Court and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Pro Se Civil Complaint Form: Fillable PDF

Instructions for Filing a Complaint By Pro Se Prisoners: PDF

Prisoner In Forma Pauperis (Civil Rights) form (Fillable PDF)

§ 2254 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (State): PDF

§ 2241 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (Federal): PDF

AO-240 Prisoner In Forma Pauperis PDF (Habeas Petitions): PDF

§ 2255 Motion to Vacate: PDF

AO-085 Notice, Consent, and Reference of a Civil Action to a Magistrate Judge

Consent to Proceed Before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Direct Assignment Civil Cases

Instructions for Completing AO-398 and AO-399 for Pro Se Plaintiff so you may proceed In Forma Pauperis (without prepayment of fees)

AO-398 Notice of Lawsuit and Request for Waiver Fillable PDF

AO-399 Waiver of the Service of Summons