United States District Court
Eastern District of North Carolina

In reference to the Honoring our PACT Act of 2022 ("Pact Act"):

The text of the PACT Act may be found here. The Eastern District of North Carolina has been designated as the exclusive jurisdiction and venue for cases filed pursuant to Section 804 of the Act, known as the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022. Cases arising under this section should be filed in the correct division as provided in Local Civil Rule 40.1. If a plaintiff does not reside within the Eastern District of North Carolina, the case should be filed in the Southern Division. The Cause of Action should be 804 (Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022) and the Nature of Suit should be 360 (P.I. : Other).

By law, the clerk's office may not provide legal advice or recommend a particular attorney or law firm.

PLEASE NOTE:
The Court is accepting applications for a Full-time U.S. Magistrate Judge in Greenville, NC until 5:00 p.m. on October 24, 2022. Please review the Public Notice for additional details
April 8, 2022 - Public notice regarding reappointment of Incumbent United States Magistrate Judge Robert T. Numbers, II. for the United States District Court Eastern District of North Carolina.

In reference to COVID-19, please see:

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VISITOR INFORMATION: Mobile devices and weapons are not permitted in the courthouse. Please bring a photo ID.
PRO SE LITIGANTS / REPRESENTING YOURSELF

The pro se information on the Court's website is specifically for individuals who are representing themselves in the Eastern District of North Carolina without the assistance of an attorney. It is intended as an informative and practical resource for pro se 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. Moreover, the links to other websites are for informational purposes only, and neither the United States District Court Clerk's Office nor any employee of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina is responsible for the accuracy of the information contained in other websites.

If you wish to start a civil action in federal court, but do not have an attorney to represent you, you may file your case yourself. This is called "proceeding pro se" which is a Latin term meaning “for yourself.” You will then be called a "pro se litigant." You need not worry if you have had little or no experience with the courts before. You are, however, expected to follow/abide by the rules that govern the practice of law in the Federal Court. Pro Se litigants should be familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of this court. Please visit the Rules section of this web site to review the rules in detail.

A civil case, which is the only type of case you can commence in federal court, is different from a criminal case, which can only be commenced by government officials. In a civil case, you do not have a constitutional right to appointed counsel. Therefore, if you start a civil case pro se, you should be prepared to pursue it to completion on your own.

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Click here to view this pdf: Representing Yourself in a Civil Case - A Guide for the Pro Se Litigant
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