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Federal and Local Rules of Civil Procedure

Civil litigation in federal court is governed by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure may be found on the internet at http:/./  (Just click on this Internet address to have your browser take you to the web site.)


This Court also has its own rules which, together with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, govern how cases are litigated in the Court.  The Local Rules correspond to the Federal Rules, and you will need to be familiar with both the Federal and Local Rules as you proceed pro se with your case.


Local Rules For The Western District of New York


One way to become familiar with the Rules is to read their tables of contents before you start your case, so you know what things are covered by the Rules.  Then read and become familiar with those Rules that apply to your case at each stage of it as it goes along.


The Pro Se Litigation Guidelines


The Court has also prepared a booklet entitled Pro Se Litigation Guidelines, which is intended to help you understand what the Court and your case requires from you at each stage of the case.  The Pro Se Litigation Guidelines are attached below.

Pro Se Litigation Guidelines rev. 12/2017


Note:  All attached documents are in Adobe Acrobat PDF file format.  You will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader to view these documents.  If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may get it here.