US District Court • Southern District of New York
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Representing Yourself in Federal Court (Pro Se)

Pro Se

Role of the
Pro Se Intake Unit

How to Start a New Lawsuit without an Attorney

How to Find an Attorney

If Named as a Defendant

Pro Se FAQ’s

Contact Pro Se

Assistance Clinic

Contact the Pro Se Intake Unit

For more information regarding the procedures of the Court, you may contact the Pro Se Intake Unit at (212) 805-0175 during normal business hours, 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday (except federal holidays).

Please note that the Court cannot accept collect calls.

You may also speak to a staff member in person by visiting the Pro Se Intake Unit during normal business hours (no appointment is necessary).

You may also submit your questions by writing to the Pro Se Intake Unit at:

United States District Court
of the Southern District of New York

Pro Se Intake Unit
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
United States Courthouse

500 Pearl Street, Room 200
New York, New York 10007

Clerks Office staff at the Charles L. Brieant, Jr. Federal Building and Courthouse in White Plains can also answer many of your questions.