Self-Help Legal Access Center
of Mendocino County
We're open Monday thru Thursday,
1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Center provides legal
assistance and legal information to self represented litigants.
The Center assists individuals to prepare their own legal forms and
understand court procedures.
Service for people who speak Spanish is also available
every Tuesday between noon and 1:30pm.
How we can help you
The Self-Help Legal Access Center helps with:
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
Civil Harassment Restraining Orders including Elder Abuse and Workplace
Visitation Petitions for Grandparents
Small Claims, including civil procedure, venue, statutes of limitations,
and other threshold questions. We also provide assistance with
filling out forms, filing documents, service of documents, subpoenas,
court hearing, appeals, and enforcement of judgment.
Divorce/ Legal Separation/ Parentage
Some Civil Litigation
Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
We are unable to provide assistance with criminal cases, bankruptcy or
immigration, or unlawful detainer (eviction) cases.
Staff at the
Center does not give legal
advice, but they can give answers to procedural questions such as which
forms you need to file, or what just happened at your legal proceeding.
They may also be able to give other agency referrals which may be
We have packets of information and judicial forms available at the
Videos, books and binders also provide useful legal information. We
also have a limited number of public access computers which directly link to
the Courts website and to judicial forms.
Our services are provided on a walk in basis only.
NO appointment is needed.
For further information about the Self-Help
Center, click here to download our
Where to find us
The SHLA center is located on the third floor of the Ukiah Courthouse, Room
304. Our hours of operation are Monday through Thursday afternoons,
from 1:00 to 4:00pm. The Ukiah
center is closed on Fridays to allow for mobile clinic operations in Fort
is also closed on Court holidays.
For directions to the Ukiah Courthouse,
Fort Bragg Clinics
The SHLA Center runs a limited self-help clinic in
Bragg at the Ten Mile
branch Courthouse. The clinic operates from
9:30am to noon and 1:30pm 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. Please see the Home page for
the date of the next clinic.
Small Claims Advisor
small claims information, you may visit the
Self-Help legal access center or also listen to pre-recorded
information presented the Small Claims
division of the Superior Court at (707) 468-2002.
Family Law Facilitator
The Self-Help Center now offers assistance
with divorce, legal separation, parentage, custody or visitation concerns.
The Family Law Facilitator's office inside the Mendocino County Superior
Court also assists parents with these family law issues as well all
other concerns such as child support, spousal support, health
insurance, and the availability of community resources to help families. The
Family Law Facilitator is available for first-come first serve walk in
consultations Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am - 11:30am.
Their office can be reached at (707) 463-5666.
Domestic Violence is a serious issue
and you have options to protect yourself.
IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE
DANGER, CALL 911. The
Self-Help Legal Access center offers
assistance at any time during office open hours
from noon to four pm Monday through Thursday.
During hours that the our
office is closed a law enforcement officer may obtain
for you an Emergency Protective Order which lasts from 5 to 7 days
or you may choose to visit Ukiah's domestic violence center Project
Sanctuary for assistance filing
papers to obtain a Temporary Protective Order. Project
Sanctuary may also provide you with counseling, emergency
shelter, help with getting your restraining order, or someone to accompany
you to court.
564 South Dora Street
Fort Bragg, CA
are not in immediate danger but need protection, you can apply at Court for
a temporary restraining order.
When there has been physical or emotional
abuse, threats, stalking, harassment, or other acts of violence,
or you have good basis for fearing that this may occur you may apply
to the Court for an order restraining a person from all contact with you,
your children, and other family members; from living in the residence; and
to stay away from you, your home, your vehicle, your residence, and the
children's school and/or place child care.
For more information
regarding the restraining order legal process please
Other Self-Help Resources
Click here for links to other helpful
websites and resources for the self-represented litigant.
The SHLA Center is here to serve the public. Providing increased
access to justice is our top priority and YOU can best tell us how to
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You may return your completed survey either in person or by mail to:
Self-Help Legal Access Center
Ukiah Courthouse, Room 304
100 North State Street
Ukiah, CA 95482