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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. You can access many of those materials through http://www.selfhelpsupport.org

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