Filing fees for federal lawsuits are $350. If you are going to file a few lawsuits, this will really add up quickly.
If you truly can not afford to file your lawsuits, you can file your case IN FORMA PAUPERIS. IN FORMA PAUPERIS in Latin means “in the character or manner of a pauper”… or in other words you cant afford the filing fee.
This is just another form to turn in when you file your suit. And here are the instructions. These are for federal courts.
There are likely similar IN FORMA PAUPERIS forms for your local courts. Check your local rules and with the clerk of the court.
The advantages of filing IN FORMA PAUPERIS is that, obviously, you dont have to pay the fees. Another advantage is that often the court will direct the Federal Marshals to server your paperwork on the defendants.
This disadvantage is that it seems to take longer and you loose control of these tasks.
IN FORMA PAUPERIS is another tool to help you fight the good fight, Boiler