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Representing Yourself ("Pro Se")

Important: This information is intended to assist individuals wishing to file a civil action in the United States District Court, Western District of Washington without an attorney, which is called appearing “pro se”. It 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.

Getting Started
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 can also view forms for pro se filers.

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.

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

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

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


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