Prisoner and Other Pro Se Litigation Forms


 

42 U.S.C. 1983 - Complaint by Prisoner Under Civil Rights Act

  1. Complaint by a Prisoner under Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1983
  2. Instructions for Filing a Complaint by a Prisoner under Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (select the instructions for the appropriate division below)
  3. Application to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees and Costs (LR Civ P 3.5)
  4. Authorization to Release Institutional Account Information and to Pay Fee
  5. Explanation of Filing Fees and Proceeding Without Prepayment of Fees and Costs

Complaint for Violations of Civil Rights of a Federal Prisoner (Bivens Action)

This form is intended for use by a federal prisoner only and not for a "free citizen" who is NOT currently incarcerated.
  1. Instructions for Filing a Civil Action for Violation Of Civil Rights (Bivens Action) 
  2. Attachment A - Bivens Complaint Form
  3. Attachment B - Application to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees and Costs (LR Civ P 3.5)
  4. Attachment C - Consent to Collection of Fees from Trust Account
  5. Attachment D - Prisoner Trust Account Report
  6. Attachment E - Consent to Jurisdiction by a United States Magistrate Judge

28 U.S.C. 2241 - Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus by Person in State or Federal Custody

  1. Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus by a Person in State or Federal Custody under 28.U.S.C. § 2241  (Do not use as a § 2254 or as a § 2255)
  2. Instructions for Filing an Application under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 for Writ of Habeas Corpus by a Person In State Or Federal Custody  (Please substitute these instructions for completion of the 2241 form in the Southern District of West Virginia in lieu of the instructions that accompany the AO 242 form)
  3. Application to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees and Costs (LR Civ P 3.5)

28 U.S.C. 2254 - Petition for Relief From a Conviction or Sentence by a Person in State Custody

Please refer to the local instruction page in lieu of the AO-241 coverpage. 
  1. Petition for Relief From a Conviction or Sentence by a Person in State Custody
  2. Instructions for Filing a Petition for Relief from a Conviction or Sentence by a Person in State Custody (Petition Under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 for a Writ of Habeas Corpus) (select the instructions for the appropriate division below)
  3. Application to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees and Costs (LR Civ P 3.5)

28 U.S.C. 2255 - Motion to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct a Sentence by a Person in Federal Custody 

Please refer to the local instruction page in lieu of the AO-243 coverpage. 
  1. Motion to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct a Sentence by a Person in Federal Custody
  2. Instructions for Filing a Motion to Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct a Sentence by a Person in Federal Custody (Motion Under 28 U.S.C. § 2255) (select the instructions for the appropriate division below)
  3. Application to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees and Costs (LR Civ P 3.5)

18 U.S.C. 3582 - Motion for Modification of an Imposed Term or Sentence of Imprisonment

There are no prescribed forms for the Motion for Modification of an Imposed Term of Sentence of Imprisonment