Issues we can and cannot assist with

CSHC Services

The purpose of the Civil Self-Help Center is to provide general information and basic assistance to individual self-represented litigants. If you have a lawyer, or if you represent a business, we cannot help you. Services are for Sacramento County residents or people with cases in Sacramento County Superior Court that fall within our scope of services only. Please read “Issues the staff CANNOT assist you with,” below, for cases that fall outside of the scope of our services.  All of our services are free of charge.

Help is provided either through workshops, quick assistance, referrals, or through a limited number of individual appointments. We regret that help is NOT available by telephone or email, as our resources are limited.

The CSHC cannot assist with all types of cases. Instead of an appointment, patrons may be referred to the library or to other services such as the Small Claims Clinic or Family Law Facilitators’ office.

Issues the staff CAN assist you with:

  • Simple complaints for breach of contract
  • Simple answers to breach of contract lawsuits
  • Simple complaints for personal injury and property damage
  • Simple answers to personal injury and property damages
  • Enforcement of Judgment
  • Motions to Set Aside Default
  • Motions to Extend Time for Service only
  • Orders for Examination
  • Name Changes through Workshop
  • Requests for Entry of Default
  • Discovery Responses through Class & Lab
  • Oppositions to Civil Forfeitures
  • Claims of Exemption from Wage Garnishment or Bank Levy
  • Motions to and Oppositions to Motions to Compel Discovery
  • Oppositions to Motions to Deem Admissions Admitted and for Sanctions
  • Motions to Pay in Installments

Issues the staff CANNOT assist you with:

  • Appeals
  • Landlord/Tenant (Unlawful Detainer; Eviction)
  • Medical, Dental, and Legal Malpractice
  • All Real Estate actions, including Quiet Title, Lis Pendens, Foreclosure and Loan Modification
  • Administrative Law, Government Torts, Writs of Mandate & any action involving a government entity
  • Family Law (divorce, child custody, paternity)
  • Criminal Law
  • Complicated Probate or Estate Issues, such as Will Contests, and Conservators & Guardians
  • Small Claims
  • Traffic
  • Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency
  • Federal Law (Bankruptcy, Immigration Law, lawsuits against the U.S., all Civil Rights lawsuits)
  • Class Action lawsuits
  • Writs of Possession, TRO’s, Injunctions
  • Employment Law
  • Case Management Statements