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Representing Yourself

Welcome. This page of the website will help you find assistance and information so you can represent yourself in the Civil Court. You will not find legal advice here. Visit the links below for information to help you represent yourself.

Help Center
Learn about the free walk-in services for litigants who are not represented by an attorney at the Civil Court Help Center.

Finding Legal Assistance
Find information on free legal services for low income people, how to find a lawyer, and how you can get a free legal consultation.

Volunteer Lawyers Program
Learn how you can meet with a Volunteer Lawyer at the Civil Court Help Center and get advice about your case.

Free Court Forms
Find free Small Claims Court forms that can be filled in on the computer and printed, or print out a blank form and fill it in by hand. Bring the form to court when you are ready.

DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Forms
Use a free DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Form to guide you through preparing a court form or to get information about your legal situation. Print your completed form when you are finished.

Videos, Publications and Community Seminars
Watch Civil Court videos and past community seminars to better understand how to proceed in court. Read Civil Court publications on civil, housing and small claims topics.

Legal and Procedural Information
Read legal and procedural information on topics related to your case.

Small Claims Court Action Center (SCCAC)
Connect with a trained, local volunteer counselor for free guidance and procedural information concerning the Small Claims Court.

Find definitions of legal terms.

Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to most often asked questions.

Locations, Phone Listings, Directions
Locate courthouses, and find out when and where to go for your case.

Tips for Your Day in Court
Learn what you need to do when you go to court.

Community Events and Seminars
Check to see if the Civil Court is holding an event or community seminar that interests you.