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Administrative Agencies

California Department of Child Support Services

California Department of Developmental Services 

California Department of Education, Child Development Division

Employment Development Department

Fair Emploment and Housing Council 

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing

California Department of Health Care Services

California Department of Housing and Community Development

California Department of Health Care Services - Mental Health Services

California Department of Industrial Relations- Labor Commissioner's Office

California Department of Motor Vehicles

California Department of Public Health

California Department of Social Services

California Department of Rehabilitation

California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board
Includes a link to the Administrative Procedure Act, California regulations, and all agency precedent decisions. You can also view a video, "How to Prepare for Your Appeal Hearing," to help you prepare for your hearing appealing a denial of unemployment insurance. The video is on on the agency's home page.

Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH, aka Cal/OSHA)
Agency conducts investigations rather than hearings.

Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH)
OAH runs administrative hearings for over 1,400 state and local government agencies. OAH also has alternative dispute resolution and mediation services, which work to find a settlement agreeable to both sides. This website also has a link to the Administrative Procedure Act (part of the Government Code) that provides rules for hearings run by the OAH.

Public Utilities Commission

Social Security Administration (federal SSA)

State Personnel Board

Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board
For victim/witness benefits.

Workers' Compensation Appeals Board

California Taxes

State Board of Equalization
The Board of Equalization's website.

Franchise Tax Board 
The Franchise Tax Board's website.

LawHelpCa.org: Taxes 
Links to information on whether you have to pay state income taxes as a Native American, welfare, and more. (Select your county or enter your zip code for information specific to the area that you live in.)

California Public Law Libraries
This website provides extensive online self-help information, listing of county law libraries, AskNow law librarian service, mini-research classes, general research, and links to more resources.

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Civil Rights

California Office of the Attorney General
California Attorney General’s website provides a list of contacts for those who believe that they are the victims of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability.

LawHelpCa.org--Individual and Civil Rights
This site includes a section for victims, which has information on housing discrimination, job discrimination, prisoners’ rights, rights of accused, victims’ rights, other civil rights, and other discrimination problems. (Select your county or enter your zip code for information specific to the area you live in.)

Unlawful Discrimination: Your Rights and Remedies, Civil Rights Handbook (3d ed., Aug. 2001)
This handbook discusses both California and federal laws that protect your civil rights. California and federal law should be examined together to get a complete picture of the law on a particular topic. By the California Attorney General.

Important: All agencies that get state or federal funding are required to have a process to investigate complaints of civil rights violations.

Disabilities and Access

American With Disabilities Act: ADA Home Page 
This site was created by the U.S. Department of Justice.

California Courts: ADA Coordinators
Each California court has an Americans With Disabilities Act coordinator to help persons with disabilities. You can ask a court clerk to speak with your court's ADA coordinator.

For Persons With Disabilities Requesting Accommodations
A list of questions and answers about disability issues and access to the justice system.

The Americans With Disabilities Act: Civil Rights for People with Disabilities
This site has information for non-lawyers. Created by the Council for Disability Rights.

LawHelpCa.org: Disability
This website includes information on education rights, assistive technology, mental health issues, and rights of the disabled.

Videos on the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Process
A series of 5 short videos, put together by Inland Counties Legal Services, provide useful information on SSI and the SSI process. Although the videos specifically refer to Inland Counties Legal Services, the information on the process is general. Go to LawHelpCa.org: Disabilityto find a legal aid program like Inland Counties Legal Services in your area.

Disability Access Services
This site was created by the California Department of Rehabilitation.

Judicial Council Programs: Access and Fairness Advisory Committee
This page gives background information on the California Judicial Council's programs to ensure access and fairness in the state court system.

Information for People With Disabilities
The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development created this site for people with disabilities.

Disability Rights California (DRC)
DRC helps people with physical, developmental, or psychiatric disabilities. DRC offers referrals to other resources, advocacy training, and representation in administrative and judicial proceedings, investigation of abuse and neglect, and legislative advocacy.

Publications on the Americans With Disabilities Act
A list of publications with information on the Americans With Disabilities Act. Posted by Disability Rights California.

Housing Problems 
Publications to help people with disabilities with housing problems. Posted by Disability Rights California.

Construction-Related Accessibility Claims: Information and Instructions to Assist Defendants
You may be entitled to ask for a 90-day stay (temporary stoppage) and Early Evaluation Conference if you have been sued in a case involving a claim of construction-related accessibility, including claims under Civil Code section 51, 54, 54.1, or 55. Read this information sheet to find out more.

Construction-Related Accessibility Claims: Information and Instructions to Assist Plaintiffs
An eligible defendant in a case with construction related disability access claims may seek an Early Evaluation Conference and a 90-day stay of those claims. The eligibility requirements are set forth in Civil Code section 55.53(c). Read this information sheet to find out more.

Workplace and Employment Issues for People with Disabilities - Video Series
A series of six “know your rights” videos in American Sign Language (ASL) with English captioning. The videos feature deaf interpreters explaining concepts relevant to workers who are deaf or hard of hearing, including: discrimination, reasonable accommodation, unemployment insurance, temporary disability benefits, and leaves of absence.  Two of the videos are geared specifically toward survivors of domestic violence, sexual harassment, and stalking. By the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center.

Employment Discrimination

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) 
DFEH investigates complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and hate violence. The Website has information on California's fair employment laws, frequently asked questions, brochures, and forms.

Or call or fax DFEH:    

  • Employment/Public Accommodations: 1-800-884-1684 (from California) or
    1-916-478-7200 (outside California)
  • Housing: 1-800-233-3212 (from California) or 1-510-622-2945 (outside California)
  • Hate Violence: 1-800-884-1684 (outside Sacramento, California) or
    1-916-478-7200 (from Sacramento, California)
    TTY:   1-800-700-2320  (from California)

Fax: 1-916-478-7320 (Employment/Public Accommodations)
Fax: 1-510-622-2956 (Housing)

LawHelpCa.org: Job Discrimination 
Links to information on employment discrimination based on disability, a prior criminal record, national origin, gender identity, and more. (Select your county or enter your zip code for information specific to the area that you live in.)

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
This Website has information about employment discrimination.

Workplace and Employment Issues for People with Disabilities - Video Series
A series of six “know your rights” videos in American Sign Language (ASL) with English captioning. The videos feature deaf interpreters explaining concepts relevant to workers who are deaf or hard of hearing, including: discrimination, reasonable accommodation, unemployment insurance, temporary disability benefits, and leaves of absence.  Two of the videos are geared specifically toward survivors of domestic violence, sexual harassment, and stalking. By the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center.

Federal Resources

Resources for Self-Represented People in the Northern District of California
Provides information and useful documents to people who are representing themselves in civil cases in the Northern District of California.

USA.gov
This site links to any federal government information available on the Internet on your topic.

Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies
This page provides a list, in alphabetical order, of all federal government departments and agencies with links to their respective websites.

Finding Primary Law: Cases, Statutes, and Regulations
This web page by the Sacramento County Public Law Library provides a list and links to many legal federal websites, including federal laws, courts, and federal agencies.

Federal Taxes

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 
The official U.S. government website for the IRS.

I-CAN! Earned Income Credit Module 
Website helps low-wage earners claim the earned income credit and electronically file their federal tax returns. Created by The Legal Aid Society of Orange County.

LawHelpCa.org: Taxes 
Links to information and assistance regarding state and federal taxes. (Select your county or enter your zip code for information specific to the area that you live in.)

Hate Crimes

Hate Crime Prevention Guides
These brochures, posted by the California Office of the Attorney General, define “hate incident” and “hate crime.” They also describe what we can do to prevent hate crimes, what services are available, and how victims can obtain assistance. These are available in Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, English, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Click for publications on prevention and education.

Your Rights and Remedies as a Victim of Hate Violence
By the California Association of Human Relations Organizations, this page provides information on what to do if you are a victim, how to respond, who to contact, how to seek compensation, and which community organizations can provide assistance.  Click for a listing of legal assistance and advocacy organizations.

Hate Crimes: Ralph Civil Rights Act
California’s Ralph Civil Rights Act provides protection from hate crimes. It prohibits violence or threats of violence based on age, ancestry, color, disability, national origin, political affiliation, position in a labor dispute, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.

Identity Theft, Financial Crime, and Cybercrime

Identity Theft

Financial Crime

Cybercrime


Identity Theft

Videos on Identity Theft  by the Federal Trade Commission:

LawHelpCa: Dealing with Identify Theft
Information on identity theft, form letters you can use and other tools to help you if you are a victim of identity theft.

California Office of the Attorney General: Identity Thet- Resources
This site provides information specifically for victims of identity theft who have had their identities stolen and used by a criminal. Posted information includes Consumer Information Sheets in English, Spanish, and Chinese with tips on how to protect your personal privacy, preventing the identity theft of your child or the deceased, and freezing your credit files. It also includes a useful resource: How to Use the California Identity Theft Registry: A Guide for Victims of ‘Criminal’ Identity Theft.

California Department of Motor Vehicles: Information about Fraud and Identity Theft
Information about identity theft, including links to other sites with more information and details about what the DMV does to protect you from identity theft and what to do to when contacting them if you have become a victim.

U.S. Department of Justice
This site posted by the U.S. Department of Justice includes questions and answers about identity theft, as well as tips for prevention and what to do if you become a victim. It also includes a simple quiz for consumers to help you find out how to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of identity theft.

Dealing with Identity Theft
A toolkit developed to help you figure out what to do if you have been a victim of identity theft. It includes programs to help you write letters to creditors, debt collectors and credit bureaus, and much more. This toolkit was developed by The People's Law Library of Maryland but has information that can help Californians as well.

Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network
Find resources to help you if you are a victim of identity theft.

Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC)
ITRC is a nonprofit, nationally respected program dedicated exclusively to identity theft. It provides consumer and victim support and advises governmental agencies, legislators, and companies about this evolving and growing crime. It includes basic information, from the steps you need to take as a victim of identity theft to guides on the emotional impact and effective communication. Also available in Spanish and Chinese.

Identity Theft: What to Do if It Happens to You
This guide provides victims of identity theft with instructions on how to regain their financial health and where to get more help.  By the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

U. S. Postal Service
Advice from U. S. Postal Service inspectors on how to protect yourself from identity theft in general, as well as tips specific to mail service. The USPS site includes links for more information, tips, and how to contact your local postal inspector.


Financial Crime

Credit Repair Scams: They Make Your Money Disappear
An illustrated fact sheet that describes what a credit report is and how to find out what is in your credit report. Explains how to correct inaccurate information in your report and advises caution with credit repair companies and guaranteed credit claims. By Consumer Action: available in English and Spanish.

Don’t Fall for the Wrong Call: Protect Yourself Against Telemarketing Fraud
An eight-page, in-depth guide that provides information on common tricks and charitable donation scams used by telemarketers, how to answer sales calls, warning signs of fraud, how to protect yourself from unwanted calls, your rights under the law, and how you can sue telemarketers who do not honor your wishes not to be called. The guide also contains a listing of complaint-handling agencies and other helpful resources. By Consumer Action: available in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Insurance Fraud
An illustrated brochure describing the warning signs of insurance fraud and some concrete steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim. Though written specifically to help Asian Americans, this brochure contains information helpful to all consumers. It details several types of insurance fraud, such as fake policies, premium fraud, unlicensed agents, unnecessary services, and insurance scams. It also describes how to get your money back and where to complain about insurance fraud. By Consumer Action.

Preventing Credit Card Fraud: Learn How to Protect Yourself
A brochure, available in English and Spanish, that describes how thieves steal and use credit cards and card numbers and explains how to protect your credit card and what to do if your card has been stolen. By Consumer Action.


Cybercrime

High-Tech Crime: Protecting Yourself in the Computer Age
By the California Attorney General’s Crime and Violence Prevention Center.

Online Privacy: Using the Internet Safely
This site offers crime-prevention tips and advice for victims of high-tech crimes and identity theft, and links to other sites for victims of cyberabuse.  By the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
IC3 serves as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints about the rapidly expanding arena of cybercrime. IC3 is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center.

Immigration Law

Own the Dream (Únete al sueño)
This site provides an in-depth eligibility screening tool for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), as well as a national directory of nonprofit immigration legal services providers and a calendar of community events, among other resources. In Spanish. Also check out the free mobile app, Pocket DACA, that helps immigrants brought into the country as children understand the DACA process and find resources in all 50 states.

CitizenshipWorks
This website will help you to answer important questions about your eligibility for citizenship through naturalization. It will also help you to understand the naturalization process and prepare for the naturalization tests.

LawHelpCalifornia.org: Immigration 
This website includes information on naturalization and citizenship, public benefits for immigrants, temporary protected status (TPS), political asylum, and refugee status.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Find information to understand immigration law and your rights as an immigrant. Read too about how to protect yourself from fraud by immigration assistants.

National Immigration Law Center: Community Education Materials
This Website provides Know-Your-Rights Alerts and Information, including, disaster assistance, benefits, affidavits of support, and public charge information for immigrants.

Disability Rights California
This website has information for people with disabilities on many benefits-related topics, including immigration.

U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review 
The official website of the U.S. Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review.  Provides information on the immigration process, contact directory, the Legal Orientation and Pro Bono Program, listing of free legal services, forms, frequently asked questions, immigration courts nationwide, and other immigration resources

U.S. State Department
The official website of the U.S. State Department.

Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Precedent Decisions
List of PDF files of precedent decisions. Posted by the U.S. Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Legal Document Assistants

Alliance of Legal Document Assistant Professionals 
Help finding a legal document assistant.

California Association of Legal Document Assistants 
Legal document assistants are nonlawyers who help people fill out legal forms.

Legal Help

Find an Attorney - Tips 
A list of suggestions to help you find a lawyer. Created by the State Bar of California.

How Can I Find and Hire the Right Lawyer? 
A State Bar of California pamphlet.

State Bar of California Member Search 
This site provides information about attorneys, including public records of discipline. You can use the member search to see if someone is an attorney in California.

What Can I Do If I Have a Problem With My Lawyer?
A State Bar of California pamphlet.

California Rules of Professional Conduct 
This site lists the rules governing the conduct of attorneys. Posted by the State Bar of California.

Can the Client Security Fund Help You? 
A State Bar of California pamphlet.

State Bar of California Attorney Discipline System 
This site has an overview of the State Bar of California's attorney discipline system. This system investigates complaints against attorneys and prosecutes attorneys if the complaints seem justified. The discipline system also helps consumers with common attorney-client problems that do not rise to the level of grounds for filing a complaint.

State Bar of California Mandatory Fee Arbitration 
The State Bar of California administers a mandatory fee arbitration program to resolve fee disputes between lawyers and their clients. The program is an informal, lower-cost forum and is mandatory for a lawyer if a client requests it. Mediation of the dispute may also be available in some areas in California.

Military Issues

If you are a member of the military or a veteran and are involved in a court case, you may have certain rights and protections. To let the court know you are or were in the armed services or reserves, you can use the form Notification of Military Status (Form MIL-100). This form can also be used by someone on behalf of a member of the military or a veteran.

ABA Home Front
Legal resources for military families. Includes a directory of assistance programs by state. Click for the California directory.

LawHelpCal.org: Veterans and Military

Resources for Recently Activated Military Personnel
The California Department of Child Support Services provides information for recently activated personnel with child support orders.

StatesideLegal
Legal help for military members, veterans and their families. Includes information on several topics like benefits, education, employment, family law, estate planning, housing, immigration, etc. You can find forms and letters, and legal help in your area.

Native American Issues

LawHelpCa.org: Native American Issues 
Find information on the Indian Child Welfare Act, tribal government, and other Native American issues. (Select your county or enter your zip code for information specific to the area that you live in.)

California Native Issues - the Tribal Court Clearinghouse
This page contains links to California Native specific information and resources. Refer to California Tribal Court/BJA for more resources specific to California Tribal Court Development and the Bureau of Justice Assistance Tribal Court Assistant (TCAP) Program.

Index of Native American Legal Resources on the Internet
This website includes an extensive directory of legal sources related to indigenous issues, as well as information on college programs devoted to indigenous legal issues, and legal practices with specialties in indian law in the United States.

Public Benefits

Directory of California Department of Social Services websites
Directory prepared by the California Department of Social Services with links to websites for the different public benefits programs in our state.

Immigrants and Public Benefits
Information for immigrants about eligibility for federal public benefits. Prepared by the National Immigration Law Center.

LawHelpCa.org: Public Benefits
This website includes information on child care and foster care, welfare, social security, Medi-Cal and Medicare, Food Stamps, homelessness, unemployment insurance, nursing homes, mental health, control over health care decisions, and prescription drug benefits. (Select your county or enter your zip code for information specific to the area that you live in.)

Your Guide to Public Benefits in California
A guide for older americans to help you find, understand and apply for programs in your state. Prepared by the AARP Foundation.

Resources to Find the Law, Rules and Regulations

Finding Primary Law: Cases, Statutes, and Regulations
This web page by the Sacramento County Public Law Library provides a list and links to many legal state and federal websites, including legal sites, courts, and administrative agencies.

State (California)

California Constitution
Codes
Regulations
This site does not post all regulations of the State of California. If you need a regulation that is not posted, your public law library may be able to help.
California Rules of Court
Local
Local Codes and Charters
If your community's local code and charter are not on the above site, look for copies of your local laws at your public law library or local public library .
Local Rules of Court
The court in each county has its own local rules of court. The local rules for each court tell you how that court does things. For example, local rules will often tell you about the forms required in your case.  Or if there is more than one courthouse in the county, the local rules may tell you where to file your case. They will also explain if there are certain guidelines that the court uses for some types of cases.  If you do not follow the local rules, your case may be delayed while you correct something.
         ALERT! Follow the local rules of the court where your case is filed!
Federal
United States Constitution
Supreme Court Opinion Collection
Nearly all of the U.S. Supreme Court opinions issued since May 1990 are available from the Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute.
Supreme Court Decisions
U.S. Supreme Court decisions from 1937 to 1974. You can also get opinions at your public law library or from a commercial service.

Resources in Other States

American Bar Association Consumers' Guide to Legal Help
This website can help you find information and free and low-cost legal help in many states.

LawHelp.org
This website can help you find legal help and resources in each state in the United States.

Center for Elder Rights Advocacy
Provides links to various legal hotlines throughout the country, including but not limited to legal aid for the elderly.

Voting Rights and Elections

California Elections and Voter Information
Information provided by the California Secretary of State about the election process in California, voter information, ballot measures, election information, and voter registration and participation.  Includes information on multilingual voter services.

Your Voting Rights
Information for voters on your voting rights, registering to vote, registration drives, voting by mail or in person, and ballot measures and candidates. Provided by the League of Women Voters Education Fund

Smart Voter
Nonpartisan election information about all contests on the ballots in every state. Intended to help voters make informed decisions. All candidates in participating counties and states are offered free web space to help inform voters. Includes voter frequently asked questions. League of Women Voters Education Fund

A Voting Guide for Currently or Formerly Incarcerated Californians
Information for Californians who are currently incarcerated or have been incarcerated about their right to vote, how to register to vote, and contact information for local county election offices throughout the state. Prepared by the California Secretary of State.

Work and Employment Issues

LawHelpCa.org: Work
This website includes information on unemployment insurance, workers' compensation, pensions, and wrongful termination and working conditions.  (Select your county or enter your zip code for information specific to the area that you live in.)

LawHelpCa.org: Job Discrimination
This website refers you to local legal help on issues related to discrimination at work.  (Select your county or enter your zip code for information specific to the area that you live in.)

Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center
This website provides information on the Employment Law Center's programs to assit low income Californians with issues like workers' rights, disability rights at work, unemployment insurance, wage and hour claims, and many more.

"How to Prepare for Your Appeal Hearing" video
Prepared by the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board to help you prepare for your hearing appealing a denial of unemployment insurance.

Workplace and Employment Issues for People with Disabilities - Video Series
A series of six “know your rights” videos in American Sign Language (ASL) with English captioning. The videos feature deaf interpreters explaining concepts relevant to workers who are deaf or hard of hearing, including: discrimination, reasonable accommodation, unemployment insurance, temporary disability benefits, and leaves of absence.  Two of the videos are geared specifically toward survivors of domestic violence, sexual harassment, and stalking. By the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center.

Workers' Compensation

California Workers' Compensation System
This site has an overview of the California workers’ compensation system. Posted by the Division of Workers’ Compensation of the California Department of Industrial Relations.

Department of Industrial Relations Workers' Compensation Links
This site has links to workers' compensation-related sites within the California Department of Industrial Relations.

Workers' Compensation Appeals Board
This section of the Department of Industrial Relations' website provides guidance and leadership to the workers' compensation community through case opinions and regulations.

Court Locations

Jury Info, Court Info, Court Websites
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CALIFORNIA SELF-HELP AND FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR LOCATIONS

Map of SHC and FLF Locations Self-Help Centers
Click for an interactive Google map listing of Self Help Centers and Family Law Facilitator locations, or click for a printer-friendly directory.
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