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Pro Se Litigants - Drop Box and Email Filing



File your documents by email according to the following procedures: 

  • Documents must be signed in electronic format (s/Name) or signed by hand and scanned.
  • Documents to be filed must be ATTACHED to the email in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. DO NOT include links to documents created in Google Drive, DocuSign, or similar applications. No image or web files (e.g., .png, .jpg, .tiff, .html, etc.) will be accepted.
  • The emails must be sent to; Any emailed filings sent to any other email address will be disregarded by the Clerk’s Office.
  • The email must contain the filer’s name, address, and telephone number.
  • For new cases, the subject line of the email must read “PRO SE FILING – NEW CASE”.
  • For existing cases, the subject line of the email must read “PRO SE FILING – [include the case number]”.
  • No additional comments, questions, or other messages are to be included in the email; any additional correspondence or noncompliant documents will be disregarded by the Clerk's Office with no further notification.
  • Email filing is designed to broaden access to the Court for pro se litigants, and is for case filings only. Under no circumstances may any party email a Judge, the Clerk's Office, or Court staff directly without prior authorization. Any such emails may be disregarded.
  • The Clerk may permit counsel to file documents via email only with prior approval from the Clerk's Office.
  • These procedures do not alter the responsibility of the parties to effect service as required by Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 4 and 5.


File your documents in the publicly accessible “drop boxes” available at each of the Court’s divisional locations. All documents will be screened prior to being opened. Individuals submitting documents for filing will not be able to obtain file-marked copies. Each drop box location has specific instructions.  FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS AT THE DROP BOX EXACTLY. The Indianapolis Division drop box is located at the courthouse entrance near the intersection of Pennsylvania and New York Streets.