Equal Access

Materials for Providers of Legal Self-Help Service

Local Self Help Efforts

California courts efforts in serving self represented litigants

Impact of Self-Help Center Expansion in California Courts (January 2021)
This report describes the impact of expanded funding on California’s court-based self-help centers and contains a cost-benefit analysis of self-help services. It describes different methods of providing services and how self-help centers responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Task Force on Self-Represented Litigants: Final Report on Implementation of the Judicial Council Statewide Action Plan for Serving Self-Represented Litigants (Oct. 28, 2014). Prepared by the Judicial Council of California.

Description of California Courts' Programs for Self-Represented Litigants (June 2003)

The Path to Equal Justice - A Five-Year Status Report on Access to Justice in California (October 2002)

Judicial Council's Access Policy for serving low income individuals in California (December 2001)

Self-Represented Litigants in California: Court Programs Helping Litigants Help Themselves (2004) by Bonnie Hough, Supervising Attorney, Center for Families, Children & the Courts

California Courts Self-Help Center, A Report to the California Legislature (June 2007). Prepared by the Center for Families, Children and the Courts.

Self-Help Tracking and Reporting Survey (STARS) for Court-Based Family Law Facilitator and Self-Help Center Programs


Strategic Plan: Self-Help 2019 - 2023

Statewide Action Plan for Serving Self-Represented Litigants
Approved by the Judicial Council of California on February 27, 2004. 

Local Action Plans for Serving Self-Represented Litigants