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Introduction/Guide to Pro Se

Handbook for Representing Yourself in Federal District Court (presented by the Federal Bar Association)

This Handbook is designed to help people with filing civil lawsuits in federal court without legal representation. Proceeding without a lawyer is called proceeding “pro se,” a Latin phrase meaning “for oneself.” Representing yourself in a lawsuit can be complicated, time consuming, and costly. Failing to follow court procedures can mean losing your case. For these reasons, you are urged to work with a lawyer if possible