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Prisoner Information and Forms

Individuals may commence a civil action in Federal Court without being represented by an attorney.  Individuals who 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.” Pro se litigants must follow all applicable federal rules, policies, and procedures including the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and this Court's Local Rules.

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.

Application to Proceed Without Prepaying Costs and Fees

42 U.S.C. § 1983 or Bivens Claim

28 U.S.C. § 2241

28 U.S.C. § 2254 Petition for Habeas Corpus

28 U.S.C. § 2255

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