Free videos on common legal questions

Self-Help Videos

The Law Library and Civil Self-Help Center have created a number of videos on common procedures and topics. These videos are intended to provide background information on a variety of legal topics. Many of these videos also provide step-by-step instructions, guidance on completing forms, and details about local practices in Sacramento County. Your case may have factors requiring different procedures or forms. The information and instructions are provided for use in the Sacramento County Superior Court. Please keep in mind that each court may have different requirements. If you need further assistance, please consult a lawyer.

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Civil Cases and Procedures

These videos provide information about common procedures you will encounter over the course of a typical civil case, as well as background information about the court system.

How to Serve Court Papers by Mail
Personal service video Personal Service of Court Papers
Case Management video Completing Your Case Management Statement
See you in Court Video See You in Court! How to Start a Civil Lawsuit in Sacramento
Football video If You Understand Football...
Court system video Court System: Who Are the Players? What Do They Do?

Conservatorship

A conservatorship is a court proceeding in which a judge appoints a responsible person (a “conservator”) to care for another adult who cannot care for him or herself or his and/or her finances (a “conservatee”). Limited and general probate conservatorship proceedings are perhaps the most common, although temporary, absentee (missing person), and involuntary mental-health (LPS) conservatorships also exist.

Consumer Protection

For more information,  please see our Law 101 page on Consumer Protection.

cease and desist video Cease and Desist Letter

Introduction to Discovery

Discovery VideoThis series of videos will help you understand what discovery is, how to answer questions you received by mail, and how you can use discovery yourself. Watching the entire series satisfies the requirement of attending the Discovery Class prior to attending our Discovery Lab.

Download Discovery Packet before watching these videos.

Enforcement of Judgments

This twice sold-out class, videotaped the third time, covers the most successful methods of collection, including obtaining an earnings withholding order and bank levy.  Applications and Orders for Appearance and Examination, used to examine the judgment debtor in court to identify assets; and Abstracts of Judgment, used to place a lien against the judgment debtor’s real property; are also covered, as is how to calculate interest on judgments, renew a judgment, and file an Acknowledgment of Satisfaction of Judgment.

Expunging Your Conviction

Alan Bridges, an attorney with the Voluntary Legal Services Program’s Expungement Clinic, explains “Expunging Your Conviction” in this self-help video.

Expunging Your Conviction (27:31 Video)

Alan Bridges, VLSP, explains “Expunging Your Conviction” in this self-help video. Also linked: the Sacramento County Superior Court’s current packet of forms, and the Law Library’s “Understanding the Expungement Packet,” with sample forms and instructions. Note: forms have changed since this video was recorded, but most of the information is still accurate.

Petition for Guardianship of the Person

This video from the Sacramento County Law Library’s Civil Self-Help Center provides background information on guardianship of the person, step-by-step instructions for completing the necessary forms, and details about copying, filing, and assembling the documents for the Sacramento County Superior Court.

Applying for Guardianship (Screencast Series)

This video from the Sacramento County Law Library’s Civil Self-Help Center provides background information on guardianship of the person and  step-by-step instructions for completing the necessary forms to begin the guardianship process in the Sacramento County Superior Court.

 

Name Change Workshop

Explains how to complete the legal forms to change your name, and what steps to take after you file.

Note: Most of the information on this video is still relevant. However, forms have changed since this video was recorded. In addition, name change petitions are now filed at 813 Sixth Street, Room 212, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday. (They can be filed in the drop box at that location any time, but you will have to wait for the papers to be mailed back before you proceed.)

Winning a Small Claims Case in Sacramento

This SCPLL video discusses jurisdictional issues; improper or no proof of service; subpoena of bank or personal records vs. privacy rights; countersuits; getting a judgment; appealing a judgment; collecting on a judgment; exemption claims; release of satisfaction on a judgment, and more. 

Revocable Transfers on Death Deeds

California has a new (2016) option for transferring a home to your heirs: the Revocable Transfer on Death (TOD) deed, also called a beneficiary deed. A homeowner can transfer their primary residence to a named beneficiary or beneficiaries upon the owner’s death without a probate proceeding.

This video covers the specific rules governing documentation, recording period, and how to revoke a deed. Applicable forms are available from the Sacramento County Public Law Library’s website.  Click here for additional information and forms.

Trial Prep for the Self-Represented Litigant

This video series guides you through the basics of trial preparation. From beginning your case with trial in mind, to creating a discovery plan, to the basics of conducting a trial, this introductory level course is designed to set you on the path to an effective trial or a better settlement. This course is intended for self-represented litigants, and is not offered for MCLE credit.

Other Libraries and Courts

Videos from other libraries and courts provide good information on a variety of legal issues.