Self-represented/pro se litigants who choose to access the Court on their own behalf without an attorney and wish to submit a motion to the Court must do so through the Pro Se Motions Department located in the Family Law Center, 440 Ross Street, Room 309, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. The Pro Se Motions Department provides assistance to self-represented/pro se litigants in preparing, submitting, and scheduling motions with the Court. Court employees are not permitted to provide legal advice. Self-represented/pro se litigants MUST appear in person at the Family Law Center – Information Desk on the First Floor to file a motion or to seek eligibility for a fee waiver (IFP) by providing proof of household income or to seek eligibility for a referral to the Legal Advice Clinic (LAC) by providing proof of household income. The Pro Se Motions Department accepts motions in person Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Legal Advice Clinic
The Legal Advice Clinic is a program staffed by volunteer attorneys from the Allegheny County Bar Association and law students from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Duquesne University School of Law. The Legal Advice Clinic offers legal counseling and advice to parties, who meet financial eligibility guidelines. Court employees are not permitted to provide legal advice. The Legal Advice Clinic operates by appointment only. Litigants seeking assistance through the Legal Advice Clinic MUST appear in person at the Family Law Center – Information Desk to check in to meet with the Client Services Center (CSC) and be prepared to provide the following information:
- Proof of household income (pay stub, bank statement, benefits statement (including Department of Public Welfare benefits, unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation benefits, and Social Security benefits), tax returns, W-2 statements, or any other document showing income;
- All pertinent court documents or court orders regarding their case;
- The address of the opposing party or parties; and
- Information regarding involvement, if any, with the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF).