Self-Representation

State Links

Alaska

Family Law Self-Help Center. Alaska Court System. Provides information about divorce, dissolution, custody, paternity, child support, and referral information about, change of name, emancipation and powers of attorney and guardianship.

Appeals Self-Help (Superior Court civil appeals to Supreme Court)

Pro Se Handbook
. Representing Yourself in Alaska's Federal Court.  

Probate: Estates Self-Help

Arizona

Arizona Self-Service Center Locations . This Web site provides contact information on 13 different Self-Service Centers in Arizona.

Arizona Supreme Court Self Service Center. Arizona Supreme Court. Provides information on divorce, child support, family crisis, landlord/tenant, name change, guardianship, and small claims.

Self-Service Center Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County. Information and court forms, domestic violence, family law, guardianship, estate, dependency, and small claims tax appeal.

Family Issues and Assistance.  Arizona Judicial Branch  - AOC-administered programs  and information that addresses family issues and assistance.

Arkansas

CourtHelp offers a resource to help self-represented litigants understand the Arkansas court system.

California

California Courts Self-Help Center . Judicial Council of California. This comprehensive statewide self-help Web site provides information legal help, small claims, family law, domestic violence, traffic violations, and much more.  Information is also available in different languages.

Family Court Facilitators . Judicial Council of California. Locates family law facilitator in each county. A family law facilitator is a lawyer with experience in family law who works for the superior court in your county to help parents and children involved in family law cases with child, spousal, and partner support problems.

Self-Help Center. Judicial Council of California.

Family Law Information Centers. Statewide Office of Family Court Service.
 

Amador County Self-Help Web site
Butte County Self-Help Web site
Calaveras County Self-Help Web site
Colusa Court Self-Help Information  
Contra Costa Virtual Self Help Law Center
Del Norte County Self Help Center
El Dorado County Self Represented Litigants Services
Fresno County: Representing Yourself

Glenn County Self Help Resources

Los Angeles County: Family Law Self Help 
Los Angeles County:  Probate Self Help 
Marin County Legal Self Help Center 
Mariposa County Self Help Center 
Mendocino Self Help Legal Access Center
Riverside County Online Self Help Resources        
San Joaquin County Self Help Resources
San Mateo Self Help Center
Santa Clara County Self Service Center
Santa Cruz County Self Help Center
Sierra County Courts Self Help Links 
Siskiyou County Self Help Links
Sonoma County Self Help Access Center
Ventura County Legal Self Help

Colorado

Colorado Self Help Center. Colorado Judicial Branch. Provides forms and information on family law, small claims, civil law, criminal law, juvenile law, water courts, probate courts, and obtaining a protective order.

Connecticut

Connecticut Court Service Centers . State of Connecticut Judicial Branch. Provides information on child support, court records, crime victim services, traffic court, small claims court, where to file, representing yourself in court, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) about representing yourself. State of Connecticut Judicial Branch.


Self-Help Main Page. State of Connecticut Judicial branch. Provides citizens with the information they need to navigate the Conneticut courts.


Connectiut Judicial Branch Law Libraries.

CT Law Libraries Self-Represented Parties.

Publications & Videos, including the Practice Book of Rules.

DC

Pro-Se-Plus Custody Clinic

Pro-Se-Plus Divorce Clinic .

Representing Yourself District of Columbia Courts.

Family Court Self Help Center. District of Columbia Superior Court.

Pro Se Help . U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia. Provides information on filing for bankruptcy.

Delaware

Self Help Center. Delaware State Courts.  Provides information and directions on filing as a pro se litigant. It also links to legal assistance and the on-site self help center.

Florida

Legal Information Center . Bay Area Legal Services provides information to people who are representing themselves in family law, landlord/tenant, or small claims cases in Hillsborough County.

Florida State Courts Self Help . Florida State Courts Web site. Self-Help programs are identified in 16 counties.

Resource Center for Pro Se Litigants . Ninth Judicial Circuit. Provides some Internet resources such as administrative orders and court forms, as well as providing information on the pro se resouces located in the courthouse.

Family Court Self Help . Eighth Judicial Circuit. Provides information and forms for filing a divorce in Florida, filing a paternity case, modification of divorce or paternity case, enforcement of a divorce or paternity order of final judgment, temporary custody of a child by an extended family member, and changing a name.

Family Law Self-Help (Pro Se) Program. 12th Judicial Circuit.

Local Practice Manuals for representing yourself in family court. 18th Judicial Court.

Georgia

Georgia Self Help Resources.  Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts. Provides court rules, forms, a glossary, and more to help Pro Se litigants.

Dougherty County Law Library Self Help. The county law librarian offers informal self help assistance to self represented litigants.

Resources for Self-Represented Litigants.  Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts.

Hawaii

Hawaii Self Help Resources. Hawaii State Judiciary. Provides court forms and information on divorce, small claims, landlord/tenant claims, traffic cases, protective orders, juvenile cases, and general claims. Also gives tips on going to court and getting legal advice.
Landlord/Tenant Claims Handbook, forms, and mediation.

Obtaining a Protection Order How to get a district/family court restraining order.

Idaho

Self Help Center. Idaho Supreme Court. Clearinghouse to access legal services and other resources for those involved in family law cases and other civil (non-criminal) court matters.
 
Parker, Lee. Pro Se Handbook: The Handbook for the Litigant Filing without Council, 2nd Edition. May 1997. U.S. District Court, District of Idaho.  

Illinois

Advice for Pro Se Litigants.  Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court.

Self-Help Legal Center.  Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Indiana

Self-Service Legal Center. Indiana Supreme Court. Provides court forms, information on ADR and mediation, information on obtaining legal assistance, and a description of the Indiana Pro Se Project. 

Iowa

Guidelines and Instructions for Clerks who Assist Pro Se Litigants in Iowa’s Courts. Iowa Judicial Branch, July 2000.  Available through the American Judicature Society Web site.

Kansas

Protection from Abuse Information (including online forms) The 4th Judicial District.

Kentucky

Justice in Our Commonwealth.  A Citizen's Guide to Kentucky Courts and other publications.


Louisiana

Pro Se Manual .  State of Louisiana. Assist non-attorneys with the basic procedural steps which must be followed when filing an appeal or a supervisory writ application with the Third Circuit Court of Appeal.

Maine

A Citizen's Guide to the CourtsState of Maine Judicial Branch. Describes the types of cases heard in court, what the judicial process is and how it works, how a trial proceeds, and the way in which the Maine courts are organized.

Representing Yourself Resource Center . State of Maine Judicial Branch. Provides information on small claims cases, family law cases, criminal and juvenile cases, and how to get legal help.

HelpMELaw.org. Maine Legal Help Resources.

Maryland

Maryland People’s Law Library . Self-Help information for pro se litigants.

Self Help Center . Maryland Judiciary. Provides answers to FAQs and other basic pro se information. Links to other self help organizations.

Pro Se Assistance . The Maryland Department of Family Administration. 

Baltimore County Pro Se Office .

Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service

Quick Reference Maryland Family Law Resources.

Maryland Court of Special Appeals - A Guide for Self-Representation . (May 2012). This guide walks non-lawyers through the appeals process including requirements for court filings, definitions and sample documents.

Massachusetts

Self Help Center . Massachusetts Court System. Provides information on filing fees, obtaining legal assistance, ADR, child support guidelines, jurisdiction, court procedures, and more. 

Plymouth County Probate and Family Court Self-Help Center
.  This Web site provides legal assistance and various guides to assist pro se litigants in their family or probate court case

Pro Se Litigants: The Challenge of the Future .  Probate and Family Court Department.

Michigan

Self Help. Washtenaw County Trial Court. Provides information on dispute resolution centers, packets of forms, and indigent services.

Procedures of the Court & Domestic Relations . Midland County Friends of the Court. Provides procedural information for filing a domestic relations action.

Washtenaw County EMU Legal Resource Center .

The Law The 24th District Court. Know your rights, small claims, traffic, feloni es, and drunk driving.

Michigan Courts .   General information about court process, procedures, as well as access to court forms.

Minnesota

Self Help Center. Minnesota Judicial Branch. Hennepin County (4th Judicial District Court) operates a full-service court-based self help center. Dakota County also provides self-help services.

Self-Help Service Center Family Court. 4th District Court, Minneapolis.

Directions to the Minnesota Judicial Center

Mississippi

Missouri

Representing Yourself in Missouri Courts.
ABC's of Initiating an Appeal
 A publication of the Missouri Court of Appeals.

16th Judicial Circuit Court Small Claims information and other on-line forms.

Montana

Self-Help Information. State Bar of Montana. Provides information on bankruptcy, the bill of rights, dispute resolution, divorce, estate planning, lawyer fees, small claims court, traffic accidents, and wills.

The Montana State Law Libraryprovides self help assistance.

Nebraska

A Guide to Small Claims Court . Nebraska Court System. General Information about small claims court.

A Guide to the Court System. Nebraska Court System . General information about the make-up of the Nebraska Judicial System.

Self Help Online Center . Provides forms as well as links to Nebraska State Bar Association Legal Resources.

Nevada

Nevada Legal Resource Directory .  Washoe County Law Library.

Family Law Self-Help Center . Clark County District Court. Provides information on the Clark County Family Law Self Help Center.

Family Court Self-Help Center .  Second Judicial District Court, Washoe County

Nevada Divorce. State Bar of Nevada.

New Hampshire

New Jersey

Legal Resource Room. New Jersey Judiciary. Provides information on child support guidelines, civil juries, collecting on a money judgment, criminal juries, landlord/tenant claims, legal citation, rules of court, rules of professional conduct, small claims information, and more.

Represent Yourself in Court. New Jersey Judiciary. Provide information packets on civil matters, family matters, guardianship, and appeals.

Frequently Asked Questions. New Jersey Judiciary.

New Mexico

Pro Se. Fifth Judicial District Court, Carlsbad. Provides information on representing yourself in court, divorce and child support, and links to court forms.
Pro Se Page. First Judicial District Court, Santa Fe. Provides information on representing yourself in court and has links to downloadable court forms.

Family Law Self-Representation Web Site . New Mexico State Judiciary. Provides information and court forms in English and Spanish on child support cases and domestic violence cases.

New York

Family Court Information Center . State of New York. Provides forms and procedural advice.

Public's Guide to the Court State of New York Unified Court System.

Uniform Uncontested Divorce Package . New York State Unified Court System.

North Carolina

Self Serve Center . 26th Judicial District of North Carolina. Contains information for people who wish to represent themselves in family law matters.

Guide to the Judicial System in North Carolina . North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts.

Filing a Small Claims Action  Cumberland County.

North Dakota

North Dakota Supreme Court Web site Guides. North Dakota Supreme Court. Provides guides containing information on the North Dakota Supreme Court Web site, the North Dakota Judicial System, and small claims court. Also has a glossary, links to the juror’s handbook, and frequently asked questions.

Ohio

Pro Se Litigant Information Sheet. Delaware County Municipal Court. Provides information on criminal/traffic cases and civil cases.

Small Claims Guide Hamilton County Municipal Court.

Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court

Domestic Relations Court Butler County.

Small Claims Division Marietta Municipal Court.

Oregon

Self Help Center . Oregon State Courts. Provides information on family law, small claims, court proceedings and structure, and how to obtain legal advice.

Family Law Resource List . Jackson County.

Pennsylvania

Court Self Help Center. Lancaster County, Court of Common Pleas

Rhode Island

Know Your Courts . Rhode Island Judiciary. Introduction to Rhode Island court system.

Small Claims Help . Rhode Island Judiciary. Forms and procedural advice about small claims.

South Carolina

South Carolina Judicial Department self help resources

Self-Help FAQs . South Carolina Appeals.
Information on Representing Yourself in a Civil Action. U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, March 22, 2001.

South Dakota

Small Claims Procedure . South Dakota United Judicial System.
South Dakota Unified Judicial System.

Tennessee

Self Help Center . Tennessee Judiciary. Provides information on obtaining a lawyer, filing a complaint, child support, child abuse, and obtaining an order of protection.

Texas

Texas Law Help. Provides legal information for self represented litigants.
Travis County Law Library.  Provides assistance to self represented litigants.

Information About the Courts. Harris County.

Guide for Divorcing Parents (pro se). Travis County

Utah

Utah State Courts' Self-Help Center.

Self-Help Resources. Provides access to information pages and forms.

Online Court Assistance Program. Utah State Courts. On-line assistance for preparing court documents for uncontested divorce, landlord/tenant cases, and obtaining an order of protection.

Vermont

Vermont Court Forms. This site has all of the court forms available on the vermont judiciary site..
Representing Yourself.  This is a county by county schedule of pro se education in the Vermont courts.

Virginia

Family Abuse Self Help . Virginia Judiciary. Provides virtual assistance with family abuse protection orders. The site provides the I-CAN! On line tutorial.

Small Claims Help . Virginia Judiciary. Small Claims information, forms and procedural advice.

Frequently Asked Questions about Virginia’s Court System: Types of Courts . Virginia Judicial System.

Small Claims Court Procedures Virginia Judicial System.

VaLegalAid.org.  Provides information on poverty law issues.

Washington

Self Help Resources . Washington State Courts. Provides resources on adoption, anti-harassment, bankruptcy, child custody, child support, divorce, domestic violence, legal assistance, legal separation, landlord/tenant disputes, name changes, probate, spousal maintenance, small claims, wills, and more.

Washington Courts eService Center .

Courthouse Facilitators . Washington State Courts. Provides contact information to court facilitator programs in 34 different counties.

King County Family Law Facilitator Program .

Small Claims Court . King County District Court. Provides information on how to prepare, file, and serve a claim. Also provides information on how to appeal or collect on a judgment.

Procedural Information for Litigants Representing Themselves in Family Law Matters . Superior Court of Spokane County.

Small Claims Information . Yakima County District Court.

Northwest Justice Clinic . Clearinghouse of legal self-help materials.

A Citizen's Gudie to the Washington State Courts . Washington Courts.

West Virginia

Self-Help Center . The West Virginia Court System. Provides information on representing yourself in court, court rules, and answers frequently asked questions.

Wisconsin

Self-Help Center. Wisconsin State Court System. Includes guides, forms, and directories.

Wisconsin Law Library/Legal Resource Center.

Family Court Self-Help. Waukesha County Family Court. Provides procedural information, legal assistance, forms and instructions, and community resources.  A 2003 winner of the Justice Served top 10 court Web site awards.

Wyoming

Who May Practice Law in Wyoming?  Wyoming Lawyer, October, 2005.