Common types of civil lawsuits include breach of contract, personal injury, negligence and real estate issues. Filing a lawsuit with the court is the first step any plaintiff in a civil case must take to ask the court to decide a dispute. These first papers filed with the court identify who is being sued the basis for the lawsuit, and the court in which the lawsuit is filed. Taking this step causes the court to create a file for the case, and issue a case number. Filing a response is an important first step for any defendant in a civil lawsuit. By filing a response, the defendant establishes that they are contesting the case and requiring the plaintiff to prove their case at trial in order to win.
The Sacramento County Public Law Library Civil Self-Help Center provides general information and basic assistance to self-represented litigants on a variety of civil legal issues. Appointments will be made beginning at 8:30 a.m. Patrons who are present at 8:30 a.m. will be entered into a random drawing to determine the order their case will be evaluated. If an appointment is appropriate, it will be made for later in the day. You are encouraged to arrive by 8:25 a.m. to participate in the appointment setting drawing.
Eligibility: Must be a Sacramento County resident or have a qualifying case in the Sacramento County Superior Court.
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For only $50, you will receive a 30-minute consultation with the right, qualified, and local lawyer to help you with your legal problem. During your consultation, you can discuss your issue confidentially with an experienced attorney and further learn about the lawyer’s fees required to handle your legal matter. You will receive a total of 3 referrals given one at a time, if needed. There is no referral fee for Personal Injury cases.
Services not provided:
No services or referrals for free (excluding Personal Injury matters). The attorneys on the panel usually will have “standard attorney fees.”
How to get help:
To receive a referral, please either call during business hours or submit an online Referral Request.
2015 J St Sacramento #204
Sacramento, CA 95814
Confidential and neutral conciliation and mediation services in neighborhood, landlord/tenant, real estate, family, commercial, organization, consumer/merchant, employer/employee, victim/offender and other disputes. Mediation services are not provided for physical or sexual assault cases. Also provides mediation training.
The Judicial Council creates many of the forms needed for a civil lawsuit in California state courts. Sacramento County Superior Court also creates forms for use in this county specifically. For other situations, you may need to create your own forms. Our Legal Research Guides and Step by Steps have instructions and samples for many commonly-used forms.
The Law Librarians have created these research guides as an aid for those starting a legal research project. These guides recommend print and electronic resources that will help you find answers to your law-related questions. Many guides provide step-by-step information, as well as sample forms, for common legal procedures.
- Case Management Statement
- Fee Waiver
- Limited Civil Case Status Memorandum: Setting a Case for Trial
- Motion for Disbursement of Surplus Funds
- Motion for Mandatory Dismissal
- Motion to Continue Trial and Mandatory Settlement Conference
- Motions in Civil Cases
- Peremptory Challenge of a Judge
- Personal Service
- Requesting a Preliminary Injunction by Noticed Motion
- Serving Documents by Mail
- Withdrawing Funds from a Blocked Account
The Law Librarians created these pamphlets in response to frequently asked questions on subjects not appropriate for more substantive guides.
The Sacramento County Public Law Library has produced a number of videos on Civil Lawsuit topics.