Free Self-Help Clinic for Indigent Civil Litigants

You may be eligible to attend a free, self-help clinic provided by Public Counsel for indigent civil litigants.

To qualify for assistance, you will need to show an order granting a waiver of fees or otherwise establish that you are an indigent self-represented litigant under the guidelines of the Public Counsel.

The clinic can help by providing information about the many procedures, filings and deadlines appellants and respondents will encounter throughout the appeals process.

Location: Settlement and Mediation Center
Second District Court of Appeal
300 South Spring Street
Second Floor, North Tower
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Days: Wednesday
Contact: (213) 830-7234 (during clinic hours)
(213) 385-2977, ext. 151 (Lisa Jaskol) (during non-clinic hours)

The clinic sees people on a first-come, first-served basis and addresses issues that might arise at any stage of the appeal.

Spanish-language assistance available with advance notice.
Tenemos ayuda en español, pero nos tiene que notificar con tiempo.

Appeal topics covered include:

  • Appealability of the trial court's order ("Is my order appealable?")
  • Record on appeal (what it is)
  • Designation of record on appeal (notifying the superior court which records to prepare for the Court of Appeal to review)
  • Civil Case Information Statement and obtaining a copy of the judgment or order being appealed if the prevailing party in the lower court failed to prepare one
  • Certificate of Interested Parties
  • Motions and Applications (and the difference between the two)
  • Fee waivers and the costs that are covered when a fee waiver is granted
  • How to overcome minor mistakes that place your appeal in jeopardy ("curing" defaults)
  • General guidance on how to structure and write a brief
  • How to use proper legal and factual citations in briefs and motions
  • Proofs of service – when they are required, who gets served, and who may serve documents on your behalf
  • Retaining counsel midway through and the "substitution of attorney" requirement
  • Oral argument (not a "new trial"); responding to a calendar notice informing you about oral argument; what it means to choose not to participate in oral argument
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