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Self-Help Legal Access Center
of Mendocino County

We're open Monday thru Thursday, 1:00pm to 4:00pm. 

The SHLA 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 Violence

  • Guardianship Petitions

  • Visitation Petitions for Grandparents

  • Name Changes

  • Adoptions

  • 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

  • Custody/ Visitation

  • 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 SHLA 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 helpful.

We have packets of information and judicial forms available at the Self-Help Center.  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 Welcome Guide.

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 Bragg.  The SHLA Center is also closed on Court holidays.

For directions to the Ukiah Courthouse, click here.

Fort Bragg Clinics

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 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

For 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

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 restraining 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.

Project Sanctuary:


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

If you 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 click here.

Other Self-Help Resources

Click here for links to other helpful websites and resources for the self-represented litigant.

Public Survey

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 serve you.

Please take a minute to fill out this simple survey and help us to help you.  Click here for the survey.

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

Thank you!


How can we help?  If you have business at the Courthouse and require accommodations because of a disability, or need the assistance of an interpreter or assisted-listening device, please contact the court in advance. Click here for more information on access to the Court.

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