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Odyssey Public Portal notification:

The Odyssey Public Portal can only be accessed by registered users at this time.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

The Court will be transitioning to Zoom for all remote appearances.  Click here to see information about how the transition will happen in each case type.

Mandatory Face Covering Requirements:

 Effective Monday, July 19, 2021, all persons entering any court facility will be required to properly wear a face covering over their nose and mouth, regardless of their vaccination status.

Important Information:

Beginning June 15, 2021, all courthouses are open to the public and most in-person services are restored.

Self-Help Services

If you do not have an attorney, the Self-Help Center and Family Law Facilitator staff and volunteers may be able to assist you with procedural information and instruction on completing forms.

Services we offer

We help people who need legal information but don't have a lawyer. We can answer questions about your case, help you figure out which forms you need and how to fill them out, and explain different legal options. Our staff don't give legal advice (we can tell you how to do something but we can't tell you what choice you should make) and we are not your attorneys. We may refer you to a private attorney or another resource depending on your situation. Our services are free of charge.   

NOTE: We can only provide information and assistance with matters in California, and sometimes only in Alameda County. If you have a case in another state, we cannot assist you with that case.

Case types we can help with

How to get help

In person services are currently suspended due to COVID-19.

Call us

(510) 272-1393

Monday - Thursday, 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Voicemails can only be left during phone hours. Calls are returned within 5 business days.

Chat with us

LiveChat Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. 

Click the widget located on the bottom right corner of this page during our LiveChat hours.

NOTE: If you do not see the LiveChat Widget, click this to try again.

Click here and find the LiveChat Widget at bottom right corner

Workshops available

Start Divorce/Legal Separation/Annulment case

  • The next workshop will be October 12, 2022 at 1:30PM.  Contact us for an appointment.

Financial Disclosures

  • The next workshop will be September 21, 2022 at 1:30PM. Contact us for an appointment.

Start Small Claims

  • The next workshop will be September 28, 2022 at 1:30PM. Contact us for an appointment.

Workshops and appointments available for those who need Language Assistance.

Please call us Monday - Thursday, 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. to be scheduled for a workshop or appointment.

(510) 272-1393

Forms @ home

"Law Help Interactive (LHI)" allows you to complete online interviews for certain types of legal actions.  Once the interview is complete the required forms may be printed.  Once printed, the forms may be submitted to the Court for filing. 

More Resources

  • Representing Yourself

    Useful information about representing yourself in Court

  • Prepare for Self-Help Services

    What you can expect from working with our Self-Help Staff

  • Partner Clinic

    East Bay Community Law Center

    Offers clinics for: 

    Consumer Debt Clinic

    Eviction Defense

    Traffic Clinic

    https://ebclc.org/

  • Partner Clinic

    Legal Access Alameda

    Offers clinics for: 

    Low Income Landlord

    Bankruptcy

    Family Law

    https://www.vlsc-acba.org/

  • Partner Clinic

    Family Violence Law Center

    Offers clinic for:

    Domestic Violence Pro Per Project

    https://fvlc.org/

  • Partner Organization

    Legal Assistance for Seniors

    Offers services for: 

    Guardianship of the Minor

    Limited Conservatorship

    https://www.lashicap.org/

  • Families Change

    A guide to separation and divorce. Resources are available for all members of the family.

  • Division FAQs

    The list of FAQ's by Court Division

  • Resource Center

    Additional information and resources

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