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Pro Se Center

This page contains resources to help individuals represent themselves Pro Se in both District Court (page 1) and in the Appellate Courts (page 2).  Please read our legal disclaimer.

District Court:

Are you looking for a specific form to file in District Court?  Try here.

Are you searching for Iowa Law?  Try here.

Are you searching for Case Law?  Try here.  Another great free resource for researching Case Law can be found here.  Lastly, the State Library of Iowa can be contacted for free Case Law by clicking here.

Have a support question?  Search our Message Board or post your question.

Be sure to visit our Legal Resources section for additional resources and information.


Tips for District Court:

  1. When filing a motion, if you are unsure, file an Original Notice along with you filing with the Clerk of Court.

  2. When filing a motion, if you are unsure, always have a file stamped copy of the motion and/or court order along with the Original Notice served upon the other party by the Sherriff's Department or third party Process Server.

  3. Always pay your filing fee when you file your application.  If you can not afford the filing fee, don't let that stop you from having access to the Courts. You may want to apply for In Forma Pauperis.

  4. Always get file stamped copies for yourself and the opposing party from the Clerk of Court.

  5. Did you get a ruling you feel is unfair? Prior to filing a Notice of Appeal, I suggest you file a Motion to Amend or Enlarge Findings. Note: This does not prevent you from appealing a ruling, allows the judge the opportunity to reconsider, and your time for appeal starts after the judge issues a ruling on your application.

  6. Get to a Support Meeting!  Information and networking is the key to being successful in Court. 

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