Legal Guidance Organizations

Many members of the community handle their own legal cases for a variety of reasons.

Often there are many forms associated with handling your own case, and you can find them on these websites listed below.

These websites also offer great information on a variety of legal issues, and can help you understand the processes involved as you navigate the legal system.

Access to California Courts
www.courts.ca.gov

The American with Disabilities Act requires that state courts provide full access to individuals with disabilities. Find forms, rules, opinions and the procedures you’ll need.

American Bar Association—Division of Public Education
www.abanet.org/publiced/

The mission of the ABA Division for Public Education is to promote public understanding of law and its role in society. Find numerous programs for students, teachers, lawyers, judges and more.

Alameda County Law Library
www.acgov.org/law

The mission of the Alameda County Law Library is to make current legal information available to members of the bench, the bar, and the public. Find a web catalog, legal database, research guides, and conference rooms.

California Courts Self-Help Center
www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/

This website will help you find assistance and information, work better with an attorney, and represent yourself in some legal matters.

Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California
www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/espanol/

Contra Costa County Public Law Library
www.cccpllib.org

You have free access to legal reference material to help preserve your legal rights. Never forget that our public libraries offer excellent resources for the entire community.

California Courts - Resolve Your Case Self-Help Videos

California Courts Committed to providing fair and equal access to justice for all Californians.

Resolve Your Case Watching these videos will give you information about the law and procedures for resolving a specific type of dispute through the normal court process and alternative dispute resolution processes, which are usually less formal, less expensive, and less time consuming than a trial. They are available in English and Spanish.

  • Resolving Civil Harassment Cases (Restraining Orders) If you feel harassed by someone, or if someone says you are harassing them.
  • Resolving Small Claims Cases If someone owes you or claims you owe them $10,000 or less.
  • Resolving Unlawful Detainer (Eviction) Cases If someone owes you or claims you owe them $10,000 or less.
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution The most common types of ADR for civil cases are mediation, settlement conferences, neutral evaluation, and arbitration. Read more about the ADR processes, when they may or may not be appropriate or watch a video demonstration.
  • Council of California Law Librarians
    www.publiclawlibrary.org/research.html

    Learn how to research your legal problem with this excellent website. It has training, many self-help resources and other legal materials.

    LawHelpCA.org
    www.lawhelpca.org

    This website helps Californians find legal aid referrals and self-help resources. They also have links to resources available in many languages.

    State Bar of California
    www.calbar.ca.gov/state/calbar/calbar_home.jsp

    You can check an attorney’s official bar membership record, find a lawyer in your county, find out how to file a complaint against an attorney, get a brochure on various legal topics, and more.

    Stateside Legal
    statesidelegal.org

    To help military members, veterans and their families access benefits, find free legal help, and better understand your legal issues.

    Virtual Self-Help Law Center
    www.cc-courthelp.org

    This website makes it easier for you to handle your court case, whether you have a lawyer or not. This site can help you learn about court procedures, find forms, and links to other important resources.

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