Filing Your Appeal - Pro Se

General Information for Unrepresented Litigants

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The court urges all parties to obtain counsel.  If that is not possible, litigants may represent themselves before this court in most types of cases.  Unrepresented parties are referred to as pro se (‘prō say’) litigants.  However, pro se litigants may represent only themselves, not other people and not corporations or business entities.   

The court follows federal law with regard to the liberal interpretation of pro se filings.  On the other hand, the court enforces its rules and expects full compliance with all directives issued by the court.  The failure to comply with a court rule, federal law, or court directive may result in an appeal being dismissed or the imposition of a sanction.   

As a general matter, proceedings in this court are governed by the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.  These rules are different from the rules that apply in the federal district courts.  

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