Where Can I Find Assistance?
Representing yourself in court can be very complicated. There are many rules and procedures to follow, and the courts differ in how some things are done. Many cases require immediate kinds of actions that a person with little or no legal training may be unaware of.
The California Courts Online Self-Help Center has information about small claims cases, custody and visitation, separations and divorces, name changes, and many other issues.
Alameda County Law Library
The Alameda County Law Library is a public library serving the needs of the legal community as well as the general public of Alameda County. By providing access to current legal information in databases and books, the library staff makes effective and informed participation in the legal system available to everyone. Premium databases like Lexis and Westlaw are available to everyone without charge and the book collection includes attorney practice guides and self-help books. The Law Library is located across the street from the Rene C. Davidson courthouse in Oakland.
Judicial Council Information
- Home Page
- California Courts Self-Help Center
- Centro de Ayuda - Self Help Center information in Spanish
- Judicial Council Forms
Legal Materials and Support
- Find Law - Free legal research on full range of legal issues.
Community Legal Assistance
- Alameda County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
- Legal Access Alameda
- Bay Area Legal Aid
- East Bay Community Law Center
- Family Violence Law Center
- Eviction Defense Center
- Centro Legal de la Raza
- Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE)
- Alameda County Family Justice Center
Other Helpful Resources
- Alameda County Sheriff's Office
- Alameda County Probation
- California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
- The Equal Justice Network - List of national sources for free legal services.
- Legal Services Corporation - National list of legal services programs and locater.
- Legal Services of Northern California - California's website for poverty law issues includes links to an extensive list of legal referrals
- Legal Aid Society - California website with "I-Can" program (a self-help type program)
- Public Interest Clearinghouse - California clearing house on public interest issues.