Monday, October 23, 2017
Self-Help Resources
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Metal sea dragon at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens - Photo courtesy of Adam Stewart

Court System Overview - Overview of the California State court system

How to Prepare for a Court Appearance - A guide to representing yourself in court.

Virtual Self-Help Law Center - The legal information you want, when you want it whether you have a lawyer or not.  In addition to the how tos on the website, you can find the forms that you need, watch videos, look up the meaning of legal words, and much more.





Dissolution Tutorial - A video created specifically for Orange County Superior Court, but contains a thorough overview of divorce which will be needed in any county.

Resolving your Small Claims Case in the California Courts - Information about procedures, advisory services, and mediation programs for Small Claims cases.

Resolving your Eviction Case in the California Courts - Information about procedures, advisory services, and mediation programs for Small Claims cases.


Step by Step Guides


California Courts Online Self-Help Center

The California Courts Online Self-Help Center, launched in July 2001, is the nation's most comprehensive court-sponsored source of legal information available on the Internet. Currently more than 500,000 court users make use of more than 2,500,000 pages from the site each month. To meet the same needs for our Spanish-speaking public, the council recently launched Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California, the most comprehensive Spanish-language resource for information about the California courts.

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Legal Services of Northern California

Get legal help with housing, public benefits (food stamps, calworks, general assistance/relief, child care, social security, SSI), health care benefits, unemployment claims, clean slate (criminal records clean-up such as "expungement"), immigration (naturalization, green card renewals, u-visas), special senior issues (advanced healthcare directives, powers of attorney, planning for incapacity, elder abuse, consumer rights and scams targeting seniors), education (individualized education plans, discipline, access to education).

    If you need to find legal help, about many different issues, visit

Mendocino County Law Library

A free public law library providing access to general legal resources to the citizens of Mendocino County. There are links to many full-text, primary documents such as statutes, cases, and regulations for California, the United States, and beyond.

Search California Law

California Law consists of 29 codes, covering various subject areas. This is the official California State website for on-line access to laws currently in effect.

Mendocino Works

Six resource centers located throughout Mendocino County that offer comprehensive employment and training services to businesses and job seekers as a "one-stop" service network

Mendocino County Public Library

Six branches throughout Mendocino County, including the Bookmobile.  Find, order, and renew books on-line; on-line access to magazine, newspaper and e-book databases.
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