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Whether or not you hire a lawyer to help you with your court case, it is often a good idea to know what kind of case you have, understand the legal issues for your kind of case; learn about the court forms or other documents that must be prepared, filed, and served; and, understand how to implement court orders.

Places you can get legal information include:

Self Help Offices
Contra Costa County Superior Court

Family Law Facilitator

 
Martinez Court 

  • Hours of operation:  8:00 am until 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except Court holidays.
  • Family Law assistance - divorce, paternity, child support, child custody
  • Assistance provided in workshops after an initial intake at the Help Desk, 751 Pine Street, Martinez, CA
  • Workshops on How to Start Your Divorce.  For workshop information, see flyer
  • Finish Your Divorce workshops available by appointment at the Help Desk, 751 Pine Street, Martinez, CA.
  • Help with Domestic Violence restraining orders. Go to the Restraining Order window in the lobby of 751 Pine Street, Martinez, CA from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except Court holidays.

Family Law Facilitator

 
Richmond Court 

  • Drop in assistance for:  family law, domestic violence, civil harassment, name changes.  Location and hours of operation: see flyer.
  • Workshops for: starting and finishing divorces (in English and Spanish).  For workshop information, see flyer.
  • Guardianship workshops.  For workshop information, see flyer.

Probate Facilitator

  • Drop in assistance for probate guardianships.  Call 925-957-5784 for hours of operation and location.
  • Workshops for guardianship assistance.
  • Assistance provided by telephone at 925-957-5784 or contact the Probate Facilitator by e-mail at probfac@contracosta.courts.ca.gov.


Workshops

Bay Area Legal Aid Workshops

(800) 551-5554

www.baylegal.org/ 

  • Legal information workshops  (domestic violence, eviction)
  • Written materials about different legal issues

Contra Costa County Bar Association Workshops

www.cccba.org/comm/ace.htm 

  • Consult with a lawyer for 30 minutes for $30
  • Attorney counseling evenings (check website
    for schedule) 
  • Legal help for people who need reduced fees
  • Legal help for people with family law cases

Contra Costa County Law Library Workshops

www.cccpllib.org
1020 Ward Street - First Floor
Martinez, CA
(925) 646-2783

Conservatorship Workshops

9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday, October 22, 2010
Friday, January 7, 2011

More information 

Guardianship of the Person Clinics

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
First Wednesday of each month

More information 

Guardianship Forms Workshops

(877) 320-8889

4th Wednesday
5:30 pm
at:
Richmond Public Library
325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond

Help preparing court forms and understanding court process for guardianship of a child

Wheelchair accessible

Advance registration required.

Call: (925) 370-2548 and give your name, phone number, date of the clinic you want to attend.

Divorce Forms Workshops

Martinez 

Richmond 

Help preparing court forms and understanding court process for divorce.  For more information, please click the city names to the left for the flyers or see the Workshops page.


Housing Law Clinics

Pittsburg 

Richmond 

Pittsburg: 1000 Center Street., (Self-Help Legal Center)

  • Every Wednesday  9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    (arrival by 11:00 am to receive assistance)

Richmond: 100 37th St., Room 202

  • Every Monday  9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    (arrival by 11:00 am to receive assistance)


Domestic Violence Forms Workshops

Pittsburg 

Richmond 

Pittsburg: 1000 Center Ave.,
Go to Self Help Legal Center before workshop starts

  • Clinics for Petitioners & Respondents: Every Tuesday 9:00 am
    (arrivals after 9:30 may not receive same day service)

Richmond: 100 37th St.,
Go to clerk's office before workshop starts

  • Clinics for Petitioners: Every Monday 8:30 am
    (arrivals after 9:30 may not receive same day service)
  • Clinics for Petitioners OR Respondents: Every Friday 8:30 am
    (arrivals after 9:30 may not receive same day service)

Senior Self-Help Clinic

Tuesdays
9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Peter Spinetta Family Law Center
751 Pine Street
2nd Floor Conference Room
Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 646-4099

  • Help for Contra Costa County residents age 60 and over who represent themselves in court
  • Help with obtaining Elder Abuse Temporary Restraining Orders and other civil legal matters affecting seniors
  • The Clinic is available on a drop-in basis or by telephone


Self-Help Legal Information

Online legal resources guide

www.cccba.org/comm/resource.htm 

Contra Costa College Library

(510) 235-7800, ext. 4318

2600 Mission Bell Dr.,
San Pablo

  • Online and print legal research materials
  • Legal information and self-help books

Contra Costa Law Library
1020 Ward Street, Martinez
(925) 646-2783

www.cccpllib.org 

100 37th St., Richmond, Rm 237
(510) 374-3019

  • Online and print legal research materials
  • Legal information and self-help books

Contra Costa County
Public Libraries


www.ccclib.org 

  • Online and print legal research materials
  • Free use of computers that can access the Internet (may be fees for printing web content)
  • Legal information and self-help books
  • Lawyers in the Library 

Judicial Council website 
Self-Help Center

www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp.htm 

  • Online and print legal research materials
  • Legal information and self-help publications
  • Links to related resources

Virtual Self-Help Law Center

www.cc-courthelp.org 

Online information, videos, and forms for: child custody and visitation, child support, divorce, domestic violence, guardianship, landlord/tenant (eviction), parentage, small claims, spousal support, and traffic cases.

 


 

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