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Guides & Forms for Prisoner Claims

Information contained on this page is for individuals litigating a case that involves imprisonment; such cases may include a petition for writ of habeas corpus or a complaint about prison conditions.   The Guides linked below may help you better understand 1) how to begin your lawsuit; and 2) what happens next after your case has been filed in federal court.

Guides:

Forms:

Listed below are various forms that may be helpful, including but not limited to, a petition for writ of habeas corpus or a complaint about prison conditions.

If you have questions after reviewing these materials, you may wish to contact the Clerk’s Office at (317) 229-3700.  Please note, however, that court employees cannot give you legal advice.  Specifically, court employees cannot:

  • recommend a legal course of action or suggest ways to help you win your case;
  • predict how a district or magistrate judge may decide any issue;
  • interpret the meaning of any judicial order; or
  • interpret the local rules of this Court, federal procedural rules, federal statutes, or case law.