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Workshops


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The following workshops are currently available at the Civil Self-Help Center.  No appointments or reservations are made for the workshops in advance of the day of the workshop.

***Children under the age of 12 are not allowed in the workshops.***

Introduction to Written Discovery Class
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 1st & 3rd Thursday.
Come to understand what discovery is, how to answer questions you received by mail, and how you can use discovery yourself. Bring a USB flash drive to download sample forms.

Discovery Lab
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 2nd & 4th Thursday.
Work on your discovery requests or responses in this drop in computer lab. Bring your USB flash drive with your requests or responses. No entrance after 3:15 pm. Lab closes promptly at 3:30 pm.

Name Change Workshop
1:30pm, Monday. 
If you want to change your name, we can help you complete the legal forms and tell you what steps you will need to take after you file. Arrive by 1:20 p.m. Please plan to stay for 2 hours.

Guardianship Workshop 
For non-parents (grandparent, aunt/uncle, other relative or interested party) seeking legal authority for the care and custody of and control over a minor child when the child's parents are unable to do so.  Class is limited to petitioners filing a case in Sacramento County, for Guardianship of the Person only.

In Part I of this two-part workshop, a one-hour class, you will learn about the process of filing for guardianship and how to prepare for the home visit and court hearing. Then, about a week later, in the two-hour Part II class, you will complete the required court forms for submission to the court to start your guardianship case. 

You will leave the workshop series with completed forms and full instructions on how to proceed. 

Part I is a prerequisite for the Part II Class. 
For Part II, you must bring:

1) The "homework" that was discussed in Part I.
2) The court forms that were distributed in Part I.

Part I: 1st/3rd Wednesday; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Part II: 2nd/4th Wednesday; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Workshops may last up to 2 hours, so plan your parking and child care accordingly. Metered parking near the library is for one hour only, so please use one of the nearby parking garages instead.