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The Court cannot give you legal advice or refer you to a lawyer.  If you are seeking advice on California law, you should consult with a lawyer licensed by the State Bar of California.  This website provides summary information and educational materials as a public service, but they may not apply to your particular circumstates.  Remember, this website is not intended to and cannot take the place of advice from a lawyer.

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. Timely legal advice can stop small problems from becoming larger ones. If you need legal help, look in the Yellow Pages of the telephone book under "Attorney Referral Services," "Attorneys," or "Lawyers." In addition, many local bar associations sponsor free legal advice clinics.

One valuable resource that contains a large amount of information on a variety of common legal topics and processes is the California Courts Online Self-Help Center.  The Online Self-Help Center contains 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.

Law Library
Lawyers in the Library Assistance Program

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

California Legal Codes
County Ordinances
California Legislative Information
Find Law - Free legal research on full range of legal issues.
Nolo Press
Local Court Forms
Local Court Rules
Local Court Fee Schedule

Community Legal Assistance

Alameda County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
Legal Aid Society of Alameda County
Bay Area Legal Aid
East Bay Community Law Center
Family Violence Law Center
Legal Assistance for Seniors
Eviction Defense Center

Other Helpful Resources

Alameda County District Attorney's Office
Alameda County Public Defender's Office
Alameda County Counsel
Alameda County Sheriff's Office
Santa Rita Jail
Alameda County Probation
California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation
California State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Department of Motor Vehicles
Department of Consumer Affairs
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.
E-juror - Deferral/Excusal
Public Transit Schedules


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