Watsonville Self-Help Center

How to Receive Services (Intake)
Please call or email to see if we can help you.

Leave a message at 831-786-7200 option 4. All calls are returned within 72 hours.
Email us at selfhelp.information@santacruzcourt.org. All emails are answered within one week.

1 Second Street
Room 301
Watsonville, CA 95076
United States

(831) 786 - 7200 (option 4)
Areas Served
San Benito County
Santa Cruz County
Who We Are
The Santa Cruz Superior Court offers a free Self Help Center (SHC) to assist self represented customers with a variety of basic legal issues. The SHC includes the services of the Family Law Facilitator and the Small Claims Advisor. Below you will find a list of legal issues the SHC can assist you with. 
The Self Help Center can provide court forms and legal information for the following legal issues:
  • Family Law: Including, but not limited to, divorce, child support, child custody
  • Evictions (residential)
  • Name Change/Gender Change
  • Emancipation
  • Guardianship of the person
  • Restraining Orders: Domestic Violence, Civil Harassment, Elder Abuse
  • Small Claims: Limited hours and Workshop - see below
  • Limited Civil (contract cases): Limited hours and Workshop - see below
  • Limited Conservatorship 
  • Probate Conservatorship: Workshop only - see below
  • Provide community and legal resources
Please read the "come prepared section" at the bottom of the Superior Court of California County of Santa Cruz Self-Help Webpage
In general please note the following:
Customers receive service at the Self Help Center on a first come, first serve basis.
You should arrive before the session starts to ensure a spot in line. Sessions often fill up before the stated closure times. Children are not allowed at the Self Help Center.
Staff cannot assist you if you have an attorney of record. 
Record Clearing/Expungement Workshops 
An informational Record Clearance workshop is offered monthly at the Law Library in Santa Cruz, 701 Ocean Street, Room 70, basement. The same workshop is held twice a year in Watsonville. The yearly schedule can be found here, click on the blue button that says "Record Clearance." 
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