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Instructional Materials

Instructional Materials

This section includes samples from courts of informational materials, instructions, and videos providing basic legal information and explanation about the court process in a variety of matters. It also includes templates and sample pleadings developed by self-help centers to assist self-represented litigants in completing forms and pleadings.

Courts throughout the country have also developed materials to assist self-represented litigants.

Warning!This section includes samples of instructions and handouts providing basic legal information and explanation about the court processes from several superior courts. It also includes templates and sample pleadings courts have developed to help litigants.

IMPORTANT: Use only materials provided by the court of jurisdiction in your case, or confirm with your court that the instructions and procedures are the same. Links to all of California's superior courts can be found at http://www.courts.ca.gov/find-my-court.htm.

If you are a self-represented litigant and need help with a legal matter, please visit the California Courts Online Self-Help Center.

Adoption Employment Name Change
Alternative Dispute Resolution Enforcement/Judgment Collection Personal Injury
Appeals Evidence Probate
Arbitration Expungements Service of Process
Civil - General Family Law Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
Civil Harassment Fee Waiver Traffic
Civil Procedure Foreclosure Issues Trial Preparation
Conservatorship Fraud
Consumer/Small Claims Guardian Ad Litem
Contracts Guardianship
Criminal Housing & Eviction
Cross-National Issues Immigration
Debt Collection Interpreter Information
Discovery Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency
Domestic Violence Mediation