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Self-Help Resources

Civil Self-Help Center
The Civil Self-Help Center provides limited legal assistance in qualifying civil cases to those without attorneys, if they have a case in the Sacramento County court or reside in Sacramento County. (En español)
Free Self-Help Workshops
Free workshops for Sacramento residents or litigants on establishing a guardianship, discovery in qualifying civil cases, and name changes. (En español)
Learn About the Law
Free online guides to common legal procedures and topics, created by our librarians.
Self-Help Videos and Audios
Free downloads with information on court procedures, including name changes, serving court documents, the court-required Conservatorship Video, and more.
Self-Help Books
The library has a collection of self help books on various topics designed to assist individuals trying to represent themselves. Publishers include Nolo Press, Sphinx Legal, and many others. 
Self-Help E-books from home
Patrons can access the electronic versions of do-it-yourself legal books from Nolo Press and other self-help publishers from home or office!
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Lawyers in the Library
This program offers free 20-minute consultations at the Sacramento County Public Law Library every Monday night  for two hours, beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Self-Help Resources from Around the Web

Self-Help Forms and Instructions helps people of low and moderate incomes find free legal information and legal aid programs in their communities. Resources include general information, your legal rights, and legal aid organizations. Some material in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and other languages.

California Courts Online Self-Help Center (English) (En español)

Public Counsel Federal Pro Se Project
Forms and instructions for civil cases in federal court.

Sacramento County Superior Court Self-Help
Family Law Self-Help Center

Self-Help Videos Online

Kern Co. Law Library Videos
Topics include "Your Day in Court" (English and Spanish),  guardianship,  expungement, custody and visitation, & Medi-Cal.

Judicial Council of California: Self-Help Videos
Videos from the California courts on topics including preparing evidence for court,  domestic violence restraining orders, family law hearings, small claims, juvenile court, and alternative dispute resolution. 

I-Can™ Legal Video Page
Use these videos to learn about court procedures for family law, domestic violence, and small claims cases.

Bankruptcy Basics  
8-part video on filing for bankruptcy from the federal courts.

Sacramento Co. Public Law Library
Self-Help Video Links
For links to many more self-help videos, visit our collection at