Individuals are not required to have legal representation and may choose to represent themselves in the Federal Circuit. The Clerk’s Office has prepared a Guide for Unrepresented Parties to explain the various processes and resources available to unrepresented parties.
Unrepresented parties can register for electronic filing to file and receive documents. Parties not interested in electronic filing can still request to receive electronic notification of court filings.
Please call the Clerk’s Office at 202-275-8000 or submit a request with questions or for assistance. Please note that Clerk’s Office staff can only explain filing procedures and answer general questions. Staff cannot tell you what documents to file (beyond what it says in the court’s rules), what to include in any documents (beyond what it says in the court’s rules), or assist with completing forms.
Before filing an appeal or petition to the Federal Circuit, unrepresented parties are encouraged to review the court’s limited appellate jurisdiction, which is different from the other regional circuit courts.
To find more information for Unrepresented Parties, see the list below.