What is the Advisory Clinic?

The Advisory Clinic is located on site at the Carol Miller Justice Center on the 3rd floor. Advisory Clinic is staffed with trained attorneys who give legal advice to anyone who is seeking to file an Unlawful Detainer lawsuit can use the clinic. Anyone being sued in Unlawful Detainer court can use the clinic. Business owners, individuals, landlords, and tenants that are not represented by an attorney can use Advisory Clinic.

During an Advisory Clinic session, an attorney will meet with you and provide legal advice on eviction issues, from how to terminate a tenancy to avoid eviction.

Why Use the Advisory Clinic?

Advisory Clinic can be beneficial to both plaintiffs and defendants. Attorneys are specially trained to help people with looking legal advice and insight into court proceedings. The Advisory Clinic allows the parties to get answers to common question regarding evictions, court process, legal rights for both tenants and landlords, and what forms to complete to file a case or to respond to a case that has been filed.

Benefits of the Advisory Clinic

Before Going to Court

  • How to file your case
  • Where to file your case
  • Time limits
  • Naming the Plaintiff & Defendant
  • Subpoenas/Witnesses
  • Evidence
  • Changing your court date
  • Suing the Party
  • Mediation
  • Preparing for court

  • After the trial

    • Appealing the judgment
    • Default Judgment
    • Collecting the Judgment
    • Recovering cost and interest
    • Satisfaction for Judgment
    • Removing the tenant

How Does the Advisory Clinic Work?

The Unlawful Detainer Advisory Clinic is open for in-person advice and form review every court day. For legal advice or to speak with an attorney advisor over the phone, call (916) 875-7846. If prompted, leave a message, and an attorney will return your call within two business days. For less immediate advice, email the Advisory Clinic your circumstances and questions anytime at: scudadvisors@saccourt.ca.gov to get a response during regular court hours.

Advisory Clinic hours are 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, excluding court holidays.