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Civil Self Help-Center (SHC)

Phone: 707-521-6534

Address: 3055 Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Email: selfhelp@sonomacourt.org

Walk-in hours: First come first served.

Monday - Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:30pm-4:00pm. Friday 9:00am-12:00pm

Notice: The Civil Self-Help Center (SHC) has moved!
Effective January 29, 2024, the Civil Self-Help Center (SHC) is now located at the Civil & Family Law Courthouse located at 3055 Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.

About Civil Self-Help Center (SHC)

The Superior Court of Sonoma County help people who need legal information but don't have a lawyer at our Civil Self-Help Center (SHC). We know that the legal process can seem overwhelming and stressful at times, but we are here to offer support with a team of committed legal professionals who aspire to provide exceptional, accessible, and fair justice services to all.

Staff at the SHC can provide legal assistance to help you represent yourself in your civil court case.

  • They are not your attorneys.
  • They cannot give you legal advice.
  • They do not go to court with you.
  • They are not responsible for the outcome of your case.
Services at the SHC are not confidential.

There is no attorney-client relationship between you and any staff member.
Services at the SHC are neutral. Staff may assist both sides of a case.
You should obtain your own attorney if you want legal advice or strategy, to have a confidential conversation or to be represented by an attorney in court.

Self-Help Center staff can:

  • Answer general questions regarding civil cases.
  • Send you blank forms and filing instructions for most Small Claims, Civil Harassment, and Evictions/Unlawful Detainer issues.
  • Help you complete forms for the following civil law issues:
    • Small Claims.
    • Civil Harassment Restraining Orders.
    • Workplace Violence Restraining Orders.
    • Elder Abuse Restraining Orders.
    • Evictions/Unlawful Detainer.
    • Debt Collections.
    • Name Change.

Civil Self Help Online Resource Links

If you are a self-represented litigant, you can begin completing your forms online.  The below programs are available 24/7.  

In partnership with California Judicial Council and LawHelp Interactive, we are pleased to provide you with links to begin preparing your own legal documents online.  We strongly recommend that you create an account to begin completing the paperwork so you do not lose the work that you have started.  

Below you can start your case in a number of areas.  We recommend you follow-up with the self-help center to review your paperwork before filing.  Please note: the court does not have access to your account, and the program does not file your documents for you.

Civil Self Help Online Resources

  • Civil Harassment Restraining Order

    Requesting a Civil Harassment Restraining Order can be an overwhelming process, but we are here to help.  A civil harassment restraining order is a court order that helps protect people from abuse or threats of abuse.  We recommend that you follow-up with the Self-Help Center to review your paperwork before filing.

  • Civil Harassment Restraining Order Response

    Responding to a Civil Harassment Restraining Order can be an overwhelming process, but we are here to help.  A civil harassment restraining order is a court order that helps protect people from abuse or threats of abuse.  We recommend that you follow-up with the Self-Help Center to review your paperwork before filing.

  • Divorce/Legal Separation

    Starting your divorce or legal separation process can be overwhelming and confusing, but we are here to help.  We recommend that you follow-up with the Self-Help Center to review your paperwork.

  • Domestic Violence Restraining Order

    Requesting a restraining order can be an overwhelming process, but we are here to help.  The domestic violence restraining order is a court order that helps protect people from abuse or threats of abuse.  We recommend that you follow-up with the Self-Help Center to review your paperwork before filing.

  • Response to Domestic Violence Restraining Order

    Responding to a Domestic Violence Restraining Order can be an overwhelming process, but we are here to help.  The domestic violence restraining order is a court order that helps protect people from abuse or threats of abuse.  We recommend that you follow-up with the Self-Help Center to review your paperwork before filing.

  • Elder Abuse Restraining Order

    Requesting an Elder Abuse Restraining Order can be an overwhelming process, but we are here to help.  An Elder Abuse Restraining Order is a court order that helps protect people from abuse or threats of abuse.  We recommend that you follow-up with the Self-Help Center to review your paperwork before filing.

  • Elder Abuse Restraining Order Response

    Responding to an Elder Abuse Restraining Order can be an overwhelming process but we are here to help.  An Elder Abuse Restraining Order is a court order that helps protect people from abuse or threats of abuse.  We recommend that you follow-up with the Self-Help Center to review your paperwork before filing.

  • Eviction/Unlawful Detainer Complaint Landlord

    This program will help a landlord fill out forms necessary to file a complaint for an Unlawful Detainer against a tenant. Starting an Unlawful Detainer complaint can be confusing, but we are here to help.  We recommend that you follow-up with the Self-Help Center to review your paperwork before filing. 

  • Unlawful Detainer Answer Tenant

    Starting an Unlawful Detainer Answer can be confusing, but we are here to help.  We recommend you follow-up with your Self-Help Center to review your paperwork before filing. 

  • Guardianship

    Starting the Guardianship process can be overwhelming and confusing, but we are here to help.  We recommend that you follow-up with the Self-Help Center office to review your paperwork.

  • Guardianship Fee Waiver

    Request Fee Waiver for Guardianship.

  • Name Change

    A Name Change Petition will request a court order to legally change your name or minor's name.  With a court order you can change your legal name on government issued identification documents such as your driver's license, passport, and social security card.  You will generally need a certified copy of the decree changing your name.  After you complete your paperwork, we recommend you visit the self-help center to review your documents before filing.

  • Parentage

    In Parentage/Paternity cases, the court makes orders to determine who the child's legal parents are.  If parents are married when a child is born, there is usually no question about parentage.  The law assumes that the married persons are the child's legal parents, so parentage is automatically established in most cases.  But for unmarried parents, parentage of their children needs to be established legally.

  • Parentage Response

    Response to Parentage Order

  • Request for Order

    A Request for Order is designed for litigants who would like to modify an existing order, or request a new order.  The Request for Order can be filed in an existing family law case including: Divorce, Parentage, and Domestic Violence (non criminal order). It will allow you to request orders for child custody and visitation, and child support.

See the SHC services FAQs and answers below.

You can download forms at the following web sites. Click on the links below:

  1. Sonoma County Forms Packets: The Sonoma County Superior Court provides fillable forms that can be printed after you complete them on your computer. Scroll down to “Family Law Forms Packets” and select the appropriate packet from the list.
  2. Judicial Council Forms: The Judicial Council of California provides fillable forms that can be printed after you complete them on your computer.
  3. Self-Help Assistance and Referral Program: Court Supported Self-Help Center that provides free assistance to self-represented people (litigants) who do not have attorneys.
  4. Odyssey Guide & File: This is a free online forms preparation program. Answer a series of questions and forms are generated at the end of the interview.

Legal Aid of Sonoma County

General: (707) 542-1290
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders: (707) 595-6295
Elder Abuse Restraining Orders (707) 340-5610

California Rural Legal Assistance

General: (707) 528-9941
Free Legal Services – Information, legal advice and assistance for low-income individuials

Sonoma County Bar Association

(707) 546-5297
Lawyer Referral Services – For a $50 fee, you will receive a 30-minute consultation with an experienced attorney. There is no obligation to retain the attorney following that consultation, but if you choose to do so, the fee for representation is negotiated directly between you and that attorney.

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