Civil Self-Help Center

*The Civil Self Help Center is closed during coronavirus emergency*

Although our office is closed, we still have guides and videos on many of the most common questions. View our Law 101 topics and our Self Help Video pages to get started.

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.  Visit the Sacramento County Court’s Coronavirus page for the latest information. 

The Sacramento Civil Self-Help Center is located at the Sacramento County Public Law Library.  The Civil Self-Help Center provides limited legal assistance to those without attorneys, if they have a qualifying civil case in the Sacramento County court or reside in Sacramento County.

The Civil Self-Help Center provides workshops and individual assistance with a variety of civil legal issues. There are no income eligibility requirements to receive the free services at the Civil Self-Help Center.

How to Get Help

Due to limited resources, the CSHC cannot take telephone calls or respond to emails. All services are provided in person only.  Whether you are helped in a workshop or an individual appointment is solely within the discretion of our staff.

Appointments will be made beginning at 8:30 a.m. Patrons who are present at 8:30 a.m. Monday – Friday 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.

All available appointments are usually filled by the end of the morning lottery. It is rare that any appointments are still available if you arrive later in the day. If you need assistance from the CSHC, please make plans to be at the library by 8:25 am for your best chance to receive assistance.

Appointments are not required to attend the workshops. To attend the Name Change workshop, the Introduction to Written Discovery Class, or the Discovery Lab, arrive at the library by 1:20 pm.  Workshops may last up to 3 hours, so plan your parking and child care accordingly. Metered parking near the library is limited, so please use one of the nearby parking garages instead.

Be sure to read our  “Services” page to make sure your case falls within the Civil Self-Help Center’s scope of services. If you are not sure, please call us at 916-874-6012 before making the trip!