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Pro Se Assistance Program

The Pro Se Assistance Program will be available on an as needed remote basis beginning May 1, 2020. 

If you are a pro se litigant in need of legal advice, please leave a message at  ONE of the following numbers.  A representative will return your call, conduct an intake and schedule a telephone appointment with a volunteer attorney.  In Buffalo, please call (716) 847-0662, ext. 340.  In Rochester, please call (585) 683-7707, or you may apply for assistance online at

The Pro Se Assistance Program (“PSAP”) in Rochester re-opened for in-person consultation on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, between 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  It will be open each Wednesday thereafter at that same time until further notice.  If you are a pro se litigant in need of legal advice, you may visit PSAP in Rochester at the United States Courthouse, 100 State Street, Rochester, New York in the conference room outside Courtroom 2 on the Second Floor.

If you cannot visit the Courthouse, you may still obtain assistance by contacting JustCause at (585) 683-7707.  We encourage you, if possible, to obtain assistance in person in Rochester.

In Buffalo, you may continue to obtain assistance by contacting the Erie County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project at (716) 847-0662, ext. 340.  PSAP will not be re-opening in Buffalo for in-person consultation at this time.  

For further information please refer to the Notices on the Court’s website:



Pro Se Assistance Program

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