Probate Programs

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The description of the programs below represent efforts by individual trial courts to enhance access
to justice throughout the state. If you are looking for specific guidance on any of these topics, please
visit our Online Self-Help Center.  

Mental Health Offsite Hearing - Santa Clara Superior Court
Implementation of video hearings for mental health calendars in probate for patients at a few state hospitals resulting in a reduction in transportation costs and fewer disruptions in treatment for those mental health litigants previously transported to hearings at the courthouse.

Online Conservatorship Orientation Video Program - San Bernardino Superior Court 
The Online Conservatorship Orientation Video Program was developed to enhance services for court users by replacing the current in-person conservatorship orientation program mandated by local rule. The video includes closed captioning options of English for Hard-of Hearing-users and Spanish for Spanish-speaking users. The video program also has links to the California Courts website ( for users to utilize the self-help portion of the website as it relates to conservatorship, probate, seniors, wills, and estates.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution: Civil Mediation Project - Nevada Superior Court
Free mediation services are provided at the time of trial for unlawful detainer, small claims, civil harassment restraining orders, and probate cases providing litigants better access to justice and relieving some calendar congestion.

Self-Help: Probate Facilitator Program - Guardianship of the Person Only - Contra Costa Superior Court
Serves self-represented litigants via workshops, e-mail, telephone, and in-court services during the Guardianship calendar.

Self-Help: Self Help Conservatorship Clinic (SHC) - Hot Docs for Conservatorship Filings - Los Angeles Superior Court
An interview tool developed by the Judicial Council utilizing the HotDocs program that assists attorneys with quickly completing forms in a self-help setting for Conservatorship filings.

Technology/Digital Court: Online Notice of Intent to Appear and Request Oral Argument - El Dorado Superior Court
Parties responding to law and motion tentative rulings may electronically submit their request for appearance via the court's website. By making the request online, litigants and attorneys are no longer required to appear in court to request oral argument and to set a hearing date.

Tribal-State: Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Stakeholders Roundtable - Los Angeles Superior Court
A stakeholders' roundtable created to bring together all Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) stakeholders in Los Angeles for quarterly meetings in an effort to improve relations, increase effective communication, work on collaborative projects, improve long standing issues, and overall provide better potential outcomes for Native American families.