CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION

Recognizing the severity of the coronavirus (COVID-19), active steps are being taken to control its spread within the community and reduce infections.

All of the normally scheduled CCCBA legal workshops have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.  Please check this page for updates.

While CCCBA Legal Workshops are on hold, many of our community partners are continuing to provide services – See some listed on this page.

Thank you for doing your part to decrease the intensity of the pandemic.


Bay Area Legal Aid

Remote Services Available During the Covid-19 Emergency

  • Due to the coronavirus, and to protect the health of all clients, visitors and staff we have closed our physical offices. Our attorneys and other staff continue to work to advocate for your rights. You can reach us by telephone, and our website will continue to be updated regularly with the most recent information and resources throughout the period of public health emergency. Links for resources including Public Benefits; Workplace/Employment issues; and many other topics.
  • For assistance please call:
    • Legal Advice Line: (800) 551-5554
      Housing/Tenants Rights; Domestic Violence Restraining Order 

    • Health Consumer Center: (855) 693-7285


Beware COVID-19 Stimulus Check Direct Deposit Scams

How to protect yourself from the phone, text and email scams currently targeting SSI (Supplemental Security Income) recipients to deprive them of their COVID-19 stimulus payment. 


The CONGRESS of Neutrals COVID-19 Unlawful Detainer (Eviction) Mediations

Mediation Press Release April 29, 2020
Beginning
Monday, May 4, 2020, the Congress of Neutrals is offering free telephone or video mediation to Bay Area landlords and tenants who are (or anticipate) experiencing rent collection or payment difficulties due to COVID-19 related income loss.   

The Congress of Neutrals, a non-profit organization, has been providing free mediation for eviction cases in the Contra Costa County Superior Courts since 2001.  The Congress of Neutrals has a panel of trained and experienced mediators who successfully mediate these and other civil matters between parties. 

If you are a tenant or a landlord that has been impacted by COVID-19(Corona Virus), our non-profit organization and team of volunteer Mediators are available to help you. We will work with both sides so the parties can come up with a resolution that allows people to remain in their homes and avoid litigation. Mediation saves the landlord the hassle of filing litigation with court and it saves the tenant from an eviction. If you are interested in this free service, please complete the Intake Form (click here for Landlords or here for Tenants) and either return it by mail (Congress of Neutrals – 1390 Willow Pass Road, Suite 190, Concord CA, 94520) or scan your completed form and email it to chels15woodger@gmail.com.  When we receive and review your form, we will contact you to set up a mediation. However, please remember both parties (the tenant and the landlord) have to agree to participate in this free mediation. We will be conducting these mediations over the phone or via Zoom.


Contra Costa FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER

 

The Family Justice Center (the “Center”) is a warm and welcoming one-stop center for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse and human trafficking. The Center is where families come first. We bring resources to meet the needs of children, youth and families impacted by interpersonal violence, recognizing that family violence greatly impacts children’s healthy development including their emotional, mental and physical health

Services are available in person or via phone. Please wear a mask at the Center.

Nuestros servicios están disponibles en persona o por teléfono.  Por favor, continúe usando una mácara.

You can call us Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. For assistance after hours, please call 211.

Puede llamarnos de Lunes a Viernes de 9 A.M a 5 P.M. Para recibir asistencia después de las 5:00 pm, llame al 211.

Richmond (West/Oeste) 510-974-7200

Concord (Central/Centro) 925-521-6366

Antioch (East/Este) 925-281-0970

The Center’s Resources and Frequently Asked Questions page.


Contra Costa County Superior Court Self-Help Center

FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR’S OFFICE
The Family Law Facilitator’s Office offers assistance remotely Monday through Friday via LiveChat!  They also offer limited drop-in assistance in Martinez on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Check their website for holiday hours.

SELF-HELP CENTER
Click this link for more information.

LANDLORD/TENANT (UNLAWFUL DETAINER), NAME CHANGES, AND CIVIL HARASSMENT

If you need assistance with unlawful detainer, name change, or civil harassment restraining order issues, you can contact the Self-Help Center by emailing selfhelpcivil@contracosta.courts.ca.gov or by leaving a voicemail at (925) 608-2128.

PROBATE FACILITATOR ASSISTANCE

GUARDIANSHIP AND LIMITED CONSERVATORSHIP

The Probate Facilitator is an attorney employed by the court to assist parties who represent themselves and who seek limited conservatorship. The proposed Conservatee must be a client of the Regional Center for the East Bay. “We are working with a user friendly computer program which prepares the documents.  We will be happy to assist you with instructions and review.”  If you have questions about the forms or process to obtain a limited conservatorship of a person, you can contact the Probate Facilitator by sending an email to probfac@contracosta.courts.ca.gov or by leaving a voicemail message at (925) 608-2066

If you need assistance with guardianship issues, you can contact the Probate Facilitator by leaving a message at (925) 608-2066 or by emailing probfac@contracosta.courts.ca.gov.

SMALL CLAIMS

If you need assistance with a small claims issue, you can contact the Small Claims Advisor by email at smallclaims@contracosta.courts.ca.gov.

Be sure to do the following:

When you send us an email or leave a message, please include your name, the name of the other party, your case number (if you have one), a brief description of your issue, and your contact information. A Self-Help Center staff member will contact you as soon as possible. Response times may vary due to the volume of emails or voicemails received.

SCOPE OF SERVICES:

You must not have an attorney in order to use the services of the Self-Help Center. Staff in the Self-Help Center can provide legal assistance to help you represent yourself in your court case, but cannot give you legal advice. If you want legal or strategic advice, you should speak to a private attorney outside the court. Self- Help Center staff members are not your attorneys. Self-Help Center staff members do not go to court with you and they are not responsible for the outcome of your case.


Contra Costa County Superior Court Accounting Workshop

Free Hands-on Training and Assistance with Court-required Accounting Reports and Conservatorship Accounting – Currently being offered via  Zoom

Dates:
Thursday, July 15, 2021 (sign up before 7/13/2021)
Thursday, September 16, 2021 (sign up before 9/14/2021)
Thursday, November 18, 2021 (sign up before 11/16/2021)

See flyer for all details.  Court Accounting Workshop Flyer

 


Contra Costa County Tenant & Landlord Resources


ECHO Fair Housing

 

ECHO‘s Tenant/Landlord Counseling Program provides information to tenants and landlords on their housing rights and responsibilities.  Additionally, ECHO has trained mediators to assist in resolving housing disputes through conciliation and mediation. The primary objective of the program is to build awareness of housing laws and prevent homelessness.

During the Coronavirus health crisis, the counselors at ECHO Housing are working remotely.  Please call us at 510-581-9380 or 855-ASK-ECHO for assistance and your call will be routed to the appropriate counselor.

Areas of Service 

A HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency


Legal Aid at Work

The Workers’ Rights Clinic provides low-income and unemployed people with confidential information about their legal rights related to work in CALIFORNIA only. They provide services in Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese, and we can accommodate other languages.

This free clinic operates every 4th Tuesday of the month.  Currently, the clinic is remote, operating in accordance with state and local guidance related to COVID-19, so services will be provided by phone rather than in-person. Clinics and Helplines  COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

People in need of assistance may call (925)522-2017 to make an appointment.

For more information about LAAW and their truly amazing free employment law services please see their website at https://legalaidatwork.org/, click the “Get Legal Help” tab where you will find three drop down choices, 1) Clinic & phone help: direct services; 2) Fact sheets: free legal information, and 3) Do it yourself: guides & sample letters.  You can also find additional free information under “Our Programs” tab including meaningful programs concerning unemployment benefits, worker & family, domestic violence and much more.


Contra Costa Senior Legal Services

CCSLS’ vision is that every older adult in Contra Costa County is able to live a safe, healthy, and productive life as they age. Our mission is to provide free legal services to protect the rights of older adults (60 and over), mediate poverty, improve health outcomes, and enable older adults to remain independent.

CCSLS’ office is open and serving clients in person and remotely. Please note in alignment with the CDC & County health recommendations, all clients are now required to wear masks when visiting the CCSLS office. If you need assistance, please call our office at 925-609-7900.

In Person Clinics. We are beginning in-person legal clinics again! Our first in person Consult-An-Attorney clinic was held in Pleasant Hill on 8/3. Please check the Events section on our website to see schedule updates and to sign up for our clinics in the months ahead. We will also post updates there should things change due to the Delta variant. In the works are Consult-An Attorney clinics in Concord, Martinez and Pleasant Hill and a Wills clinic in Antioch.

Tenant Protections Info. Rental assistance is still available for those who qualify through the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief portal.

Other Services Offered


Social Justice Collaborative - Immigration Issues

Social Justice Collaborative

Due to COVID-19, SJC is currently not holding in-person consultations. however, SJC is offering free phone consultations between 10-2 Monday-Thursday.

Debido a COVID-19, SJCactualmente no está realizando consultas en persona. Sin embargo, SJC ofrece consultas gratuitas de teléfono entre 10-2 Lunes a Jueves.

CALL (510) 992 3964