United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Claudia Wilken, Chief Judge

Richard W. Wieking, Clerk of Court

Pro Se Handbook

A recommended starting point is the court's own publication:  Representing Yourself in Federal Court: A Handbook for Pro Se Litigants, which can be downloaded here or is available free of charge from the Clerk's Office:

 

Download in PDF Format:

Translations:

Due to budget considerations and the determination that offering translations of the Pro Se Handbook in other languages without the provision of additional services not currently available (such as interpreters) does not significantly improve access to courts for individuals who are unable to communicate in English, there are currently no plans to translate the current edition of the Pro Se Handbook. We continue to offer translations of the 2006 edition of the handbook in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese: