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Filing Without an Attorney

Individuals may commence a civil action in Federal Court without being represented by an attorney.   Individuals that represent themselves in court are called "pro se litigants" or "self-represented litigants."  "Pro se" is a Latin term, meaning "on one’s own behalf."  
Please be advised that the Clerk’s Office and its employees are forbidden by law from giving legal advice.  Legal advice could be described as, but is not limited to: interpretation of rules, recommending a course of action, predicting a judicial officer’s decision or interpreting the meaning or effect of any court order or judgment.