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How long do I have to answer once I have been served with a lawsuit?

You should read the summons that was served on you when you received the complaint. The summons will let you know how many days you have to answer. Remember, the Clerk's Office cannot interpret the language in the complaint for you or give legal advice; however, Clerk's Office staff can tell you how many days you have to respond to a complaint and possibly help with the computation of an answer date. You must also send a copy of your answer to the complaint to all other parties named in the lawsuit (or their attorneys, if applicable), including the plaintiff or his or her attorney.

If you plan to represent yourself, where can you go to review applicable federal laws and procedures and this court's local rules of procedure?

As a pro se litigant, you must be familiar with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence. These rules set forth the general procedural requirements for litigating cases in all federal courts. Federal laws can be found in the United States Code, abbreviated as U.S.C.

As a pro se litigant, you must also be familiar with this court's Local Rules, which apply specifically to proceedings in our court. You can obtain a copy of the Local Rules at the Clerk's Office free of charge or on the court's website through the link above.