This site provides information to individuals who are representing themselves in civil matters in the District of Montana without the assistance of an attorney. This website is intended as an informative and practical resource for litigants and is not a substitute for legal advice from an experienced attorney. The information is procedural in nature and should be read in conjunction with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Local Rules of this Court, and the individual practices of the judge assigned to your case. Below are some links to materials and information which may be useful in representing yourself in federal court including links to a Guide for Filing Pro Se in Montana District Court, to information regarding Filing Without an Attorney in Bankruptcy Court, and to a variety of forms to be used in civil cases.
A civil case, which is the only type of case you can start in federal court, is different from a criminal case, which can only be started by government officials. In a civil case, you do not have a constitutional right to appointed counsel. Therefore, if you start a civil case without an attorney, you should be prepared to pursue it to completion on your own because the court appoints counsel only under certain limited circumstances that may not be met by your case.
Be advised that the Clerk of Court’s Office is forbidden by law from giving you legal advice.
Information regarding Proceeding without an Attorney in Federal Court
Pro Se Guide for Filing
Filing without an Attorney in Bankruptcy Court
Forms for Self-Represented Litigants
Standing Order BMM-5: In Re Appointment of Clerk of Court as Agent for Acceptance of Service for District of Montana Juges and Employees
Local Rules of Procedure for the District of Montana
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Glossary of Legal Terms
About Federal Courts
Understanding the Federal Courts
Ninth Circuit Library