Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Self-Help Center
Photos by Adam Stewart
Looking on to North School Street from Courtroom C in the Mendocino County Courthouse, Ukiah.
Schedule:
Ukiah: 100 North State Street, Ukiah, CA in Room 304:
Monday 9:00am - 4:00pm (Closed 12:00 to 1:00)
Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm (Closed 12:00 to 1:00)
Wednesday Restraining Order Help Only 9-12 and 1-4pm
Thursday 9:00am - 4:00pm (Closed 12:00 to 1:00)
Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

Ten Mile Branch: 700 South Franklin Street, Fort Bragg, CA:
Every Wednesday    8:30 am - 3:00 pm (Closed 12:00 to 1:00)

 

Covelo Self Help Clinics - Round Valley Public Library

Our next clinic will be held on Wednesday, December 4

Covelo Self Help Clinic Information
Covelo and Gualala Live Video Help:  Wenesdays 3:00pm-5:00pm

We provide help with forms, legal information, and education through live video conference.

Covelo Live Video Help
Gualala Live Video Help

 

Public Information (707)468-2020
 
Mailing Address: Self-Help Center
  Superior Court of California, County of Mendocino
  100 North State Street
  Ukiah, CA 95482
   
Email: selfhelp@mendocino.courts.ca.gov

 

We help on a walk-in first-come, first-served basis, so come early.

 

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 Center helps with:

  • Restraining Orders
  • Divorce and Legal Separation
  • Parentage
  • Custody / Visitation
  • Name Changes
  • Gender Changes
  • Guardianship Petitions
  • 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).

Click here for immigration resources

The Self-Help 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 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.

Click here for for help finding 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 for

 

Help in Your Language

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

 

Children and the Court

Please do not bring children to the 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 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.

Click here to find out more about domestic violence restraining orders
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