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Santa Cruz Superior Court Self Help Center

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General Agency Information
Name:Santa Cruz Superior Court Self Help Center
Address:1 Second St. Room 301
Watsonville, CA  95076
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-786-7200 ext. 4
Description:Monday-Thursday 8:30-11:30am and 1-3pm. 1 Second St., Watsonville. Closed 3rd Tuesday afternoon of the month and every Friday.

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.

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 Changes/Gender Change
Guardianship of the person
Restraining Orders: Domestic Violence, Civil Harassment, Elder Abuse
Small Claims: Limited hours - see below
Limited Civil (contract cases): Limited hours - see below
Conservatorship of the person: Limited hours - see below
Provide community and legal resources

Please read the "come prepared section" at the bottom of this page.
In general please note the following:

Customers receive service at the Self Help Center on a first come, first serve basis.
We suggest you arrive before the session starts to ensure a spot in line (sessions start at 8:30 AM and 1 PM). Sessions often fill up before the stated closure times.
The Self Help Center is not a safe place for children. Children are not allowed at the Self Help Center.
We can not assist you if you have an attorney of record.

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

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

Conservatorship/Elder Abuse Program:
Walk in assistance Monday AND Thursday 8:30-11:30 at the Watsonville Courthouse.
Conservatorship (of the person) and Limited Conservatorship.

Community Resources:
There are many other low cost or no cost community, legal and internet resources that might be helpful to you. Please see the following for more information:
Self Help Center Flyer
Centro de Ayuda en Espaņol
Domestic Violence Resources for Santa Cruz County
Community and Legal Resources for Santa Cruz County
Internet Resources
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 October 5, 2016

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