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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:

Issues the staff CANNOT assist you with:

Simple complaints for breach of contract


Simple answers to breach of contract lawsuits

Landlord/Tenant (Unlawful Detainer; Eviction)

Simple complaints for personal injury and property damage

Medical, Dental, and Legal Malpractice

Simple answers to personal injury and property damages

All Real Estate actions, including Quiet Title, Lis Pendens, Foreclosure and Loan Modification

Enforcement of Judgment

Administrative Law, Government Torts, Writs of Mandate & any action involving a government entity

Motions to Set Aside Default

Family Law (divorce, child custody, paternity)

Motions to Extend Time for Service only

Criminal Law

Orders for Examination

Complicated Probate or Estate Issues, such as Will Contests, and Conservators & Guardians

Name Changes through Workshop

Small Claims

Requests for Entry of Default


Discovery Responses through Class & Lab

Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency

Oppositions to Civil Forfeitures

Federal Law (Bankruptcy, Immigration Law, lawsuits against the U.S., all Civil Rights lawsuits)

Claims of Exemption from Wage Garnishment or Bank Levy

Class Action lawsuits

Motions to and Oppositions to Motions to Compel Discovery

Writs of Possession, TRO's, Injunctions

Oppositions to Motions to Deem Admissions Admitted and for Sanctions

Employment Law

Motions to Pay in Installments

Case Management Statements

updated 1/08/13