US Supreme Court Filing Guides



INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING FORMS I. Motion for Leave to Proceed In Forma Pauperis - Rule 39

A. On the form provided for the motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis, leave the case number blank. The number will be assigned by the Clerk when the case is docketed.

B. On the line in the case caption for "petitioner", type your name. As a pro se petitioner, you may represent only yourself. On the line for "respondent",type the name of the opposing party in the lower court. If there are multiple respondents, enter the first respondent, as the name appeared on the lower court decision, followed by "et al." to indicate that there are other respondents. The additional parties must be listed in the LIST OF PARTIES section of the petition.

C. If the lower courts in your case granted you leave to proceed in forma pauperis,check the appropriate space and indicate the court or courts that allowed you to proceed in forma pauperis. If none of the lower courts granted you leave to proceed in forma pauperis, check the block that so indicates.

D. Sign the motion on the signature line.



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