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Self-Represented Litigants

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Self-Represented Litigants (SRL) in California

Self-Represented Litigants (SRL) Classical Resources

This page was created to help self-represented litigants navigate through the California legal system. It includes links to self-help centers and other legal websites aimed at self-represented, or “pro per”, litigants. Please do not limit your searching to just this page, there is more help in our California, Federal, Divorce, or Free/Low-Cost Legal Services research entries.

Self-Represented Litigants Current Resources

Self-Represented Litigants Classical Resources

  • American Bar Association – Resources for the Public: This page includes links to specialized subject areas and places to find low cost legal help.
  • California Courts Online Self Help Center: Provided by the Judicial Council, the California Courts Self-Help Center seeks to help individuals understand court proceedings by providing information, procedures and forms, and valuable links for accessing additional resources. This site is also available in Spanish. See Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California
  • California Family Law Facilitators Locator: The Family Law Facilitator service is provided in each county to help guide self-represented litigants through family law issues.
  • California Public Law Libraries: This newly revised site is a wealth of information. It includes where to find your nearest public law library, great legal research websites, and how to learn more about your local legal resources. It also has a link to AskNow, an online reference help service where a person can ask a legal or non-legal question.
  • Family Law Information Center: The Family Law Information Center, located in the Los Angeles Superior Court, provides family law information, referral and assistance to the public. The complied Referral List includes non-profit agencies, which provide family law services at low or no cost, as well as various Lawyer Referral Services. This list is not comprehensive. The Family Law Information Center is not responsible for the type of service you receive from the listed agencies. Click here to view the FLIC Referral List.
  • Family Law Self Help – Los Angeles Superior Court: Find information, pamphlets, and links to sources directly related to Los Angeles Superior Court.
  • Free Advice’s Small Claims Courts: Background information on small claims courts and a list of links to the small claims courts of many states.
  • Glossary of Commonly Used Legal Terms: This glossary was developed by the U.S. Courts and is available from their website. It is a listing of commonly used terms and their legal meanings.
  • LawHelpCalifornia.org: This site, sponsored by California Indian Legal Services, Public Interest Clearinghouse and ProBono Net, provides links to legal information websites as well as legal-aid agencies and organizations.
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles: The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) operates six neighborhood offices and several courthouse clinics in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Santa Monica.
  • Nolo Press: Nolo is a publisher of self-help law books. Their website contains many useful tools such as a legal dictionary, a law encyclopedia, and topic-related law centers.
  • State Bar of California – Public Services: The State Bar of California has provided this page to help self-represented litigants in areas such as locating a lawyer, making a simple will, and learning about the legal system.
  • Step by Step: Civil Appellate Practice and Procedures for the Self-RepresentedThis online self-help appellate manual describes in simple terms the civil appellate process and the related California Rules of Court that are in effect as of the date at the bottom of the page in each chapter. The manual is for persons who represent themselves (also called “self-represented litigants” and those “in pro per” or “in pro se”) and attorneys with little or no appellate experience who are bringing civil appeals to the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One. It does not cover criminal or juvenile dependency appeals.