The pro se information on the Court's website is specifically for individuals who are representing themselves in the Southern District of Georgia without the assistance of an attorney. It is intended as an informative and practical resource for pro se litigants, and is not a substitute for legal advice from an experienced attorney. The information is procedural in nature and should be read in conjunction with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Local Rules of this Court and the individual practices of the judge assigned to your case. Moreover, the links to other websites are for informational purposes only, and neither the United States District Court Clerk's Office nor any employee of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia is responsible for the accuracy of the information contained in other websites.
If you wish to start a civil action in federal court, but do not have an attorney to represent you, you may bring your case on your own. This is called "proceeding pro se" which means that you are representing yourself in the Court, and you are called a "pro se litigant." A civil case, which is the only type of case you can start in federal court, is different from a criminal case, which can only be started by government officials. In a civil case, you do not have a constitutional right to appointed counsel. Therefore, if you start a civil case pro se, you should be prepared to pursue it to completion on your own because the Court appoints counsel only under certain circumstances that may not be met by your case.
The Clerk's Office Staff cannot dispense legal advice or assistance. They can only answer general operational questions such as hours of operation, and whether a pleading has been filed. Please do not request legal advice from the Clerk's staff.
Other Pro Se Forms
- 2241 Habeas Corpus Writ
- Application for Habeas Corpus under 28 U.S.C. Section 2254
- Application to proceed Without Prepayment of Fees and Affidavit (IFP Application)
- Civil Cover Sheet - JS-44 - Revised as of Jan. 8, 2013
- Instructions for filing a complaint by prisoners Pursuant to the Civil Rights Act 42, U.S.C. 1983
- Motion to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct a Sentence By a Person in Federal Custody
- Notice of Lawsuit and Request for Waiver of Svc of Summons AO-398
- Pro Se (Non-Prisoner) Complaint Form
- Summons in a Civil Case AO-440