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Pro Se Assistance Program

April 1, 2014

Pro Se Assistance Program: Do you need legal assistance and guidance regarding a federal civil matter? Beginning February 12, 2014, free legal help is available to assist financially eligible individuals that do not have an attorney.

CM/ECF will be in READ-ONLY mode from March 21st at 6:00PM until March 22nd at 6:00PM

March 19, 2014

Warning: E-mail Scam Alert Please Read

January 13, 2014


District Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule Increase Effective December 1, 2013

December 2, 2013

Effective December 1, 2013, the records retrieval fee in all federal courts will increase
to $64.00 for the first box requested from a Federal Records Center, and a new fee of

WARNING: Bogus Phone Calls on Jury Service May Lead to Fraud

August 23, 2013

WARNING: Bogus Phone Calls on Jury Service May Lead to Fraud

While there have not yet been any reported incidents in the federal court district covering

Buffalo and Rochester, juror scams have been recently been reported in other federal districts

throughout the country, where victims are falsely being told by the scammers that they missed

District Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule Increase

April 19, 2013

Effective May 1, 2013, a $50.00 administrative fee will be added to the cost of filing a civil action.  This fee does not apply to persons granted in forma pauperis status under 28 USC § 1915.


Electronic Public Access (EPA) Fee Schedule Change

March 27, 2013

The Electronic Public Access (EPA) Fee Schedule is changed effective April 1, 2013.  To view the new schedule and memo regarding this change, click on the link below:

Electronic Public Access (EPA) Fee Schedule Effective April 1, 2013.


New Policy Regarding Receipts

January 17, 2013

Effective February 1, 2013, receipts for criminal debt payments will no longer be mailed unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included with payment. This notice can be accessed on the Finance Page or   Click here to read the complete notice.

Notice of Increase to Pro Hac Vice Fee

September 24, 2012

Effective October 1, 2012, the United States District Court for the Western District of New York is increasing the pro hac vice attorney admission fee to $150.00 in order to supplement the fund used to pay pro bono counsel expenses.

Change to District Court Fee Schedule

June 1, 2012

The Judicial Conference approved a minor change to the miscellaneous fee schedule for the District Courts.  Effective June 1, 2012, the Document Exemplification Fee will increase to $21.00.

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