Monday, October 23, 2017
Self-Help Legal Access Center
Photos by Adam Stewart
Lake Mendocino - Photo courtesy of Adam Stewart
Schedule:
Ukiah: 100 North State Street, Ukiah, CA in Room 304:
Monday 9:30am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 4:00pm
Wednesday Guardianship Clinic Only
Thursday 9:30am - 4:00pm
Friday CLOSED

 

Ten Mile Branch: 700 South Franklin Street, Fort Bragg, CA:*
Friday 10/27/2017 9:30am - 4:00pm
Friday 11/17/2017 9:30am - 4:00pm
Friday 12/01/2017 9:30am - 4:00pm
Friday 12/15/2017 9:30am - 4:00pm

*We close for lunch from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. in Fort Bragg

 

We help on a walk-in first-come, first-served basis, so come early. You only need an appointment for the Guardianship Clinic.

 

Public Information (707)468-2020
 
Mailing Address: Self-Help Legal Access Center
  Superior Court of California, County of Mendocino
  100 North State Street
  Ukiah, CA 95482

 

 

Do you have a simple question?

If you have a simple question that we can handle by email, email us at selfhelp@mendocino.courts.ca.gov. We will respond within 5 business days. Do NOT email us if you need help right away or have an emergency.

 


How we can help you


The Self Help Legal Access Center helps with:

  • Restraining Orders
  • Divorce and Legal Separation
  • Parentage
  • Custody / Visitation
  • Name Changes
  • Gender Changes
  • Guardianship Petitions (by appointment only)
  • Other Guardianship Issues
  • Visitation Petitions for Grandparents
  • Small Claims
  • Referring you to other agencies for help

We cannot help you with criminal cases, bankruptcy, immigration, appeals, and general civil cases (except we may be able to explain legal processes to you). For immigration resources, visit: http://www.courts.ca.gov/immigration.htm.

Click to find out about our guardianship help and clinics< http://www.mendocino.courts.ca.gov/self_help/docs/Guardianship_Program.pdf> and to find out how to make an appointment for the clinic.

The Self-Help Legal Access Center can give you legal information. We are not your lawyer. We can help both parties in a case. There is no confidentiality or attorney-client privilege with the staff of the Self-Help Legal Access Center. We cannot help you if you have a lawyer in your case. And we cannot go with you to court.

If you want legal advice about what you should do or how to manage your case, consult with your own lawyer. Also hire a lawyer if you want to have a confidential conversation or to be represented by a lawyer in court. Visit http://www.courts.ca.gov/1001.htm to find a lawyer.

We have packets of information and court forms available at the Self-Help Center. We also have videos, books and binders with useful legal information. And we have a limited number of computers you can use to fill out court forms or access the court’s website.

 

The SHLA Center runs a limited self-help clinic in Fort Bragg at the Ten Mile Branch courthouse.  The clinic operates from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

If possible, bring blank forms ready to be filled out, as well as all relevant court documents and information.

Next Clinic:  Clinics are generally held on the fourth Friday of each month, but dates are subject to change based on holidays and other events.  Please see the Home page for the dates of the next clinics.

 

Help in Your Language

If you do not speak English well or are more comfortable in another language, we have staff that speaks Spanish. But if you speak another language other than Spanish it is best to bring another adult (someone over the age of 18) who can translate for you.

 

Children and the Court

Please do not bring children when meeting with the Family Law Facilitator or Self Help Center. Children are not allowed to come to court hearings, with very limited exceptions, so when you come to the court, please ask someone to care for your children.

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL 9-1-1

If you need help with a domestic violence restraining order or a restraining order against someone who sexually assaulted, or if you need emergency shelter, counseling, or help going to court, contact Project Sanctuary at:

 

Inland Office
564 South Dora Street
Ukiah, CA  95482
(707) 462-9196

 

Coastal Office
461 North Franklin Street
Fort Bragg, CA  95437
(707) 961-1507

 

The Self-Help Legal Access Center can also help you with a restraining order. We cannot go with you to court.

If you need an emergency restraining order and Project Sanctuary or the Self-Help Center is closed, call the police or sheriff and ask for an Emergency Protective Order or EPO. An EPO lasts from 5 to 7 days, and gives you time to go to court and ask a Temporary Restraining Order.

To find out more about domestic violence and domestic violence restraining orders, visit: http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-domesticviolence.htm

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