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Representing Yourself ("Pro Se")

The court is proud to host the
Federal Bar Association's Legal Clinic

For an appointment call 206-267-7070
Tue - Thu 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Seattle flyer (PDF)

For an appointment call 253-572-5134
Mon - Thu 9:00AM - 12:00PM &
1:15PM - 4:00PM
Tacoma flyer (PDF)

Welcome to the Court’s page for individuals representing themselves (“pro se litigants”).

Please note: The information on this website is intended for self represented litigants and cannot be a substitute for legal advice from an attorney.  You are strongly encouraged to seek legal counsel when filing or defending against a case in federal court. You may request that the court appoint an attorney to represent you and also view a copy of this court's Pro Bono Plan.


We suggest that you read this court’s Pro Se Guide to Filing Your Lawsuit in Federal Court (PDF) and Pro Se Instruction Sheet in Civil Cases (PDF) for information on Court procedures.  You are expected to be familiar with applicable Federal Rules, Local Rules and any information on your assigned judge’s web page and to diligently pursue your case after you file it.


For information on:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
    Options other than taking a case to trial including mediation and arbitration.
  • Appeals
    Information on filing a civil or criminal appeal, including forms and links to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Copy Requests
    Information on how to obtain copies from a court file, how to access an archived file, and download the copy request form.
  • Fees and Payment Information
    Information on fees and how to pay them, including the court's fee schedule.
  • Forms & Manuals
    Links to local and national forms.
  • Initiating a Case
    Information and forms to start a new civil case.
  • Other Websites
    Links to national, regional, and local websites, inlcuding the U.S. Bankrupty Court and the Ninth Circuit.
  • Prisoner Resources
    Help for prisoners including those representing themselves.
  • Rules & Orders
    The federal and local rules that apply in this district.
  • Tickets/CVB
    For tickets received on federal land, including national parks and military facilities.
  • Trial Support
    Information about technology in the courtroom, jury instructions, copy requests, and other trial related topics.