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How-To: Get Free Access to Federal Court


* The Court may refer to it as "Plaintiff's Motion for Leave to Proceed in Forma Pauperis"
Background: You are litigating your case in federal court
Problem: You cannot afford the Court's costs/fees (eg. the $350 filing fee, etc.)
Solution: You move the Court to allow you to proceed without paying Court costs/fees*

I. Legal Citations

28 USC §1915 | Proceedings in Forma Pauperis
"(a)(1) Subject to subsection (b), any court of the United States may authorize the commencement, prosecution or defense of any suit, action or proceeding, civil or criminal, or appeal therein, without prepayment of fees or security therefor, by a person who submits an affidavit..."

II. Samples

# PDF Comments
1✓ Granted. USNYWD | Income = $903 | Expenses = $895 | Bank = n/a | Social Security.
2✓ Granted. USNYWD | Income = $0 | Expenses = $0. Bank = $0 | Married+1 | Retired
3✓ Granted. USNYWD | Income = $3,700 | Expenses = $1,100 | Bank = $200 | Married+1.
4✓ Granted. USNYWD | Income = $1,000 | Expenses = $580+ | Bank = $8,300 | Caretaker.
5✓ Granted. USNYWD | Income = $0 | Expenses = $0 | Bank = $0 | Is Dependent.
6✓ Granted. USNYWD | Income = $500 | Expenses = $0 | Bank = $0 | Married+2.
7✓ Granted. USNYWD | Income = $0 | Expenses = $0 | Bank = n/a | Is Dependent.
8✓ Granted. USNYWD | Income = $850 | Expenses = $754 | Bank = $75 | Income Varies.
9✓ Granted. USNYWD | Income = $4,548 | Expenses = $3,076 | Bank = $0.

III. Forms

# PDF Comments
1AO 240. Tab through the form to enter your user data (dropdown menus, checkboxes, etc.).

IV. Quick Commentary

V. Additional Notes

  • Total Time needed ≈ 0-1 hours
  • You do NOT need to send a copy directly to your civil opponent(s).
    • You're not required to. Plus, they can get it from the court's docket.
  • Once granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis, the plaintiff's burden of effecting service of a summons is shifted to the court.
  • IF YOU WIN the Court will tax you for the free services you received (see Rule 6.03 USFLMD). Example A:
    • John Doe sues ABC Co. John Doe is poor.
    • The Court grants John Doe's motion to proceed in forma pauperis.
    • John Doe racks up $1,000 in legal fees (pertaining to his case).
    • John Doe wins his case.
      • The Court orders ABC Co. to pay John Doe $10,000.
      • John Doe pays $1,000 back to the Court.
      • John Doe receives the remaining $9,000.
  • IF YOU LOSE you still pay nothing. Example B:
    • John Doe sues ABC Co. John Doe is poor.
    • The Court grants John Doe's motion to proceed in forma pauperis.
    • John Doe racks up $1,000 in legal fees (pertaining to his case).
    • John Doe loses his case.
      • John Doe pays nothing.
      • John Doe receives nothing.

VI. Bibliography

VII. Conclusion

If you cannot afford the standard legal fees of your civil case, the Federal Court may grant you leave to proceed In Forma Pauperis. Thereby eliminating your need to prepay.

Congratulations! You're now booked up on how to get a federal trial court to waive your legal fees.

Please get the justice you deserve.

Sincerely,



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