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Name:Self Help Center
Alternate Name(s):Santa Cruz Superior Court Self Help Center
Address:1 Second St.reet Room 301
Watsonville, CA  95076
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-786-7200 ext. 4
Email Address:selfhelp.information@santacruzcourt.org
Website:www.santacruzcourt.org
Description:Monday-Thursday 8:30-11:30am and 1-3pm. 1 Second St., Watsonville. Closed 3rd Tuesday afternoon of the month and every Friday.
First come, first serve, no appointments.

The Self Help Center, which includes the services of the Family Law Facilitator, helps people who need legal information but do not have lawyers. The Center can give you information, court forms, and help you understand your legal options. We cannot represent you and in most cases you will be required to fill out your own court forms with our guidance. We only help with very simple legal situations, often we may need to refer you to a private attorney or to the law library for you to do your own legal research. We help many people each day therefore we usually spend less than 30 minutes with each person and there can be a long wait. We are not responsible for the outcome of your case. Conversations with the Self Help Center are not confidential and we do assist parties on both sides of the case.

Services:
Family Law, restraining order, guardianship of the person, name change, landlord/ tenant, and emancipations. Special program hours to assist with small claims and civil contract cases. Community and legal referrals.

Public computers and self help legal resource library to research other areas of the law.

FEES: There is no cost for the services but you may have to pay for copies and court filing fees at the clerk's office.
Programs:Small Claims Program:
Small Claims Advisor Phone Line: 831-786-7370. Phone Consultation Tuesday 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM.
Messages can be left at anytime. Calls are returned once a week.
Watsonville: Walk in assistance Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM, only after phone consultation.

Santa Cruz Only: Evening Workshops once every other month in the Law Library at 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz: Workshop Schedule can be found on our website.

Civil Program:
Watsonville: Walk in assistance Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 to 11:30 AM.
Breach of contract (collection) cases only.

Due to budget cuts hours may vary please check the calendar for current information. The wait may be several hours after you check in. You may also need to return for multiple visits depending on your legal issue. When you arrive please sign in and you will be called in the order of arrival. Depending on how many people need assistance the sign up sheet may fill up before the end of the stated hours of operation. We apologize for this, but we do not know how many people will need help on any given day. Try to bring a copy of your entire court file (including all of your court case numbers) and any documents that support your legal issue. Also bring a pen, stamps (you may need as many as 8), blank envelopes, and something to keep you busy while you wait.
Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Available Within One Block
Eligibility:Public Service
Fees:See Description Notes
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
 
Subject Headings
 Certificates/Forms Assistance
Child Custody/Visitation Assistance
Child Support Assistance/Enforcement
Divorce Assistance
Divorce/Custody/Support Issues
Elder Abuse Prevention
Guardianship Assistance
Information and Referral
Landlord/Tenant Assistance
Legal Education/Information
Legal Services
Name Change Assistance
Paternity/Maternity Establishment
Temporary Restraining Order Assistance
This record last modified July 16, 2014