What to do if I am the plaintiff in a case against the US in a federal district court and am representing myself?

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What to do if I am the plaintiff in a case against the US in a federal district court and am representing myself?

Recently I have made several motions that the court has been completely silent on. I filed the motions approximately 30 days apart. How can I get the court to break silence and rule on the motions and how long should I wait until I do it? I have been looking into interlocutory appeal but I am looking for advice.

Asked on December 13, 2013 under Business Law, Tennessee

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

You should call the judge's law clerk and ask about what is happening and why there has been no action. It may be that you did something procedurally wrong, so the motions have not been properly filed for action--or even that you sent them to the wrong address, or used the wrong docket number (so they would not be associated with correct case), etc. If you don't have a specific judge assigned to the case, try calling the main customer service number--or better yet, go into court and ask in person (you're more likely to get a quicker, more helpful answer is show up in person). Usually, when nothing happens, it's do to some procedural defect.


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