609 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Who We Are
The Civil Self-Help Center provides limited legal assistance to those without attorneys, if they have a qualifying civil case in the Sacramento County court or reside in Sacramento County.
The Civil Self-Help Center provides workshops and individual assistance with a variety of civil legal issues. There are no income eligibility requirements to receive the free services at the Civil Self-Help Center.
Due to limited resources, the CSHC cannot take telephone calls or respond to emails. All services are provided in person only. Whether you are helped in a workshop or an individual appointment is solely within the discretion of our staff.
Appointments will be made beginning at 8:30 a.m. Patrons who are present at 8:30 a.m. Monday - Friday will be entered into a random drawing to determine the order their case will be evaluated. If an appointment is appropriate, it will be made for later in the day. You are encouraged to arrive by 8:25 a.m. to participate in the appointment setting drawing.
All available appointments are usually filled by the end of the morning lottery. It is rare that any appointments are still available if you arrive later in the day. If you need assistance from the CSHC, please make plans to be at the library by 8:25 am for your best chance to receive assistance.
Appointments are not required to attend the workshops. To attend the Name Change workshop, the Introduction to Written Discovery Class, or the Discovery Lab, arrive at the library by 1:20 pm. Workshops may last up to 3 hours, so plan your parking and child care accordingly. Metered parking near the library is limited, so please use one of the nearby parking garages instead.
Issues the staff CAN assist you with:
Simple complaints for breach of contract
Simple answers to breach of contract lawsuits
Simple complaints for personal injury and property damage
Simple answers to personal injury and property damages
Enforcement of Judgment
Motions to Set Aside Default
Motions to Extend Time for Service only
Name Changes through Workshop
Requests for Entry of Default
Discovery Responses through Class & Lab
Oppositions to Civil Forfeitures
Claims of Exemption from Wage Garnishment or Bank Levy
Motions to and Oppositions to Motions to Compel Discovery
Oppositions to Motions to Deem Admissions Admitted and for Sanctions
Motions to Pay in Installments
Guardianships through Workshop
Issues the staff CANNOT assist you with:
Landlord/Tenant (Unlawful Detainer; Eviction)
Medical, Dental, and Legal Malpractice
All Real Estate actions, including Quiet Title, Lis Pendens, Foreclosure and Loan Modification
Administrative Law, Government Torts, Writs of Mandate & any action involving a government entity
Family Law (divorce, child custody, paternity)
Complicated Probate or Estate Issues, such as Will Contests, and Conservatorship
Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency
Federal Law (Bankruptcy, Immigration Law, lawsuits against the U.S., all Civil Rights lawsuits)
Class Action lawsuits
Writs of Possession, Temporary Restraining Orders, Injunctions
Case Management Statements