Representing Yourself ("Pro Se")
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.
Information on filing a civil or criminal appeal, including forms and links to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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, including using E-Pro Se to compile your complaint.
Links to national, regional, and local websites, inlcuding the U.S. Bankrupty Court and the Ninth Circuit.
Help for prisoners including those representing themselves.
Rules & Orders
The federal and local rules that apply in this district.
For tickets received on federal land, including national parks and military facilities.
Information about technology in the courtroom, jury instructions, copy requests, and other trial related topics.