Services Available

  • Civil Harassment Restraining Orders
  • Petitions for Change of Name / Gender
  • Form review before filing.
  • Help with copying, assembling, and filing documents.
  • Claims of Exemption
  • Help with motion practice– setting or reserving hearings, deadlines for responsive and reply pleadings, and tentative ruling procedure.
  • Asking and answering discovery.
  • Information regarding basic civil procedure.
  • Service of documents by mail
  • Expungement (Service available when Court reopens)

SHS Cannot Help With:

  • Family Court issues such as divorce, child custody, or support.
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders.
  • Elder Abuse Restraining Orders.
  • Probate matters.
  • Unlawful Detainer or Small Claims matters.
  • Criminal cases
  • Complex civil litigation.
  • Medical or legal malpractice.
  • Any matter where you are represented by an attorney.
  • Appeals

Effective immediately, Civil Self-Help Services is closed for walk-in assistance. We are working diligently to continue to provide assistance while staying in compliance with health recommendations. Please check back regularly to keep up-to-date on changes to services provided.

Civil Self-Help Services is available by telephone at 916-874-1421 Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

You can email our office at**.

Please provide the following information with your request:

  • Your Case Number (if you have one)
  • Your Name
  • Your Zip Code
  • Your Question(s)

Please be as detailed as possible. We will not open any attachments sent with your request.

It is our goal to respond to any requests within two working days.

**Civil Self-Help Services provides legal information and assistance to self-represented parties. We assist with civil harassment restraining orders, name changes and gender changes, and general civil procedure filing a complaint, responding to a complaint, and law and motion. We provide information regarding court forms, rules and procedures. We help parties to start their case or determine the next steps in their case. All services are free of charge.

Please note that we are unable to communicate with the judge for you. We are unable to represent you and we cannot act as your attorney.


Civil Self-Help Services Staff