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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.


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Alternative Dispute Resolution Evidence Probate
Appeals Expungements Research Tools
Arbitration Family Law Seniors
Civil - General Fee Waiver Service of Process
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Civil Procedure Fraud Traffic
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Consumer/Small Claims Guardian Ad Litem
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Cross-National Issues Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency  
Debt Collection Landlord/Tenant  
Discovery Mediation  
Domestic Violence Name Change