Self-Help Resources at the Law Library

Self-Help

Please note that the Sacramento County court is closed for most purposes until at least April 16. Exceptions are domestic violence and civil harassment restraining orders, emergency ex parte eviction lockout proceedings, emergency guardianship, conservatorship, and family petitions,  and some juvenile and criminal matters. 

Existing court dates are canceled and will be rescheduled after the court closure ends. Visit the Sacramento County Court’s Coronavirus page for the latest information.

Civil Self-Help Center

*Closed during coronavirus emergency* 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) More info

Free Self-Help Workshops

*Closed during coronavirus emergency* Free workshops for Sacramento residents or litigants on establishing a guardianship, discovery in civil cases, and name changes. (En español) More info

Law 101

Free online guides to common legal procedures and topics, created by our librarians. More Info

Self-Help Videos

Free downloads with information on court procedures, including name changes, serving court documents, the court-required “Conservatorship Video,” and more. More info

Self-Help Books

The library has a collection of self-help books on various topics designed to help individuals represent themselves. Publishers include Nolo Press, Sphinx Legal, and many others. Search our catalog

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

*Closed during coronavirus emergency* This program offers free 20-minute consultations at the Sacramento County Public Law Library every Monday night. Arrive at 5:10 p.m. to participate in a lottery for appointments. More info