Notice to Pro Se Litigants

Use the e-mail address to send your current e-mail address so copies of orders may be sent to you. This e-mail address may also be used to send any documents, preferably in PDF format, for filing.


We have upgraded to NextGen CM/ECF

For Pro Se Litigants with e-filing privileges, you will need your own PACER account to maintain the ability to e-file in the cases for which you currently have access. For more information, please visit


For important information, including details about changes to building access and filing procedures, please review the Court’s Standing Order dated April 10, 2020. Additional notices and standing orders are available here. Please continue to check the Court’s website for future updates.

Notice of Guidelines

Notice of Guidelines for Appearing Pro Se in Civil Cases
Notice - Changes to Filing Procedures for Attorneys Filing Amended Habeas Petitions

Pro Se Forms


If you are using one of these forms to FILE in a case, please print it to a PDF and save before attaching.

Documents that are saved as ‘editable’ or ‘fillable’ PDFs may be rejected.



Prisoner Forms

Petition Under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 for Writ of Habeas Corpus by a Person in Custody
Application for Prisoners to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (Short Form)


Petition Under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 for Relief from a Conviction or Sentence by a Person in State Custody
Application for Prisoners to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (Short Form)


Motion Under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct Sentence by a Person in Federal Custody


Motion for Compassionate Release


Complaint Under the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Prisoner Civil Rights Complaint
Application for Prisoners to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (Short Form)


Petitions Under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 and 28 U.S.C. § 2255 in Death Penalty Cases
Cover Sheet Pursuant to Local Civil Rule 9.4


Non-Prisoner Forms

General Complaint
Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis


Complaint for Employment Discrimination or Rehabilitation Act Lawsuit
Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis
Request for Appointment of Attorney


Appeal of the Denial of Social Security Benefits
Checklist for Plaintiffs Without Lawyers
Social Security Complaint
Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis
Notice to Plaintiffs Without Lawyers (Pro Se) in Social Security Cases Regarding Appointment of Counsel
Motion for Counsel
Consent to or Declination of Jurisdiction of a Magistrate Judge in Social Security Cases



Volunteer Attorney Panels of the Eastern District
Bar Sponsored Lawyer Referral Services in the Eastern District  


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