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Alexandria, VA Division Pro Se Litigant Handbook

Alexandria, VA Division Pro Se Litigant Handbook

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US District Court Eastern Virginia - Alexandria Division. Pro se litigant assistance
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT  For the Eastern District of Virginia Alexandria Division
 Pro Se Reference Handbook
April 26, 2010
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFor the Eastern District of VirginiaAlexandria DivisionPro Se Reference Handbook
Welcome to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The Eastern District of Virginia consists of four divisions:Alexandria, Norfolk, Richmond, and Newport News.The following instructions have been compiled to assist any person wishingto represent themselves (pro se) in a civil action in the Alexandria Division.These procedures do not satisfy all needs, nor is this handbook a substitute forlegal representation. The information contained herein is not legal advice.
This handbook contains the following topics:
Topic See Page
Pro Se Definition 2Legal Resources Available 2Filing Procedures 2Copies of Court Documents 2Complaint Filing Fee 3Address Change 3Rules to Follow 3Complaint 4Submission of Complaint 5Service of Process 5Service of Process Mail Service 6Service of Process U.S. Government Agency or Employee 7Copies of Pleadings to Opposing Side 7Motions Practice 8Sample Forms 8April 26, 20101
Pro Se Reference Handbook
Pro SeDefinition
People acting pro se are people who represent themselves in a legal action. Apro se litigant may only represent themselves; they may not represent anyother person or entity.
The following legal resources are available to people representing themselvespro se:
Resource Hours of Operation
Legal Services of Northern Virginia,Inc.603 King Street4
FloorAlexandria, VA 22314(703) 684-5566Monday – Friday9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Alexandria Bar Lawyers Referral520 King StreetSuite 202Alexandria, VA 22314(703) 548-1105Monday – Thursday9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Friday9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Alexandria Law Library520 King StreetSuite 308Alexandria, VA 22314(703) 838-4077Monday – Friday9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Court requires an original of each document filed. A document is calleda “pleading.” Pleadings must be typed, printed or legibly handwritten on 81/2 x 11 inch paper, and the pages must be sequentially numbered. Anydocumentation submitted with a pleading must be attached to the pleadingand referred to in the pleading.
Copies of CourtDocuments
Do not send exhibits, affidavits, grievance or witness statements, or any othermaterials to the Clerk’s Office to be copied and returned. The fee for anycopying of court documents done by the Clerk’s Office is $0.50 per page forpaper documents and $0.10 per page for electronic documents. Payment isdue at the time of the copy request.
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