Self-Help Centers

What Self-Help Centers Can Do

  • Divorce, Legal Separation, Custody, Visitation Support,
  • Establishing a legal parent relationship for a child/children when there is no marriage,
  • Restraining Orders,
  • Guardianship,
  • Name Change,
  • Landlord/Tenant (Eviction),
  • Cleaning up your criminal record,
  • Small Claims,
  • Civil Lawsuits,
  • Traffic Tickets,
  • Conservatorships, and
  • Adoptions.
  • Workshops,
  • How to booklets and form packets, and
  • Public computers with access to legal websites and easy to use document preparation software and SmartForms.

For information on workshops and services, please view the Self-Help Center’s Workshops webpage.

What to bring to the Self-Help Center

  • Bring a BLACK pen for filling out forms and paper in case you want to take notes.
  • If you want to ask the Court to change an order, you must bring a filed copy of the order you want changed.
  • For all other legal issues, we may need to see all the papers in your case, if you have one. It is best to bring a copy of your entire court file. Remember you are representing yourself and you need to keep a copy of any document you file.
  • Bring income information. Bring proof of your income for the last two months, such as:
    • Pay stubs, disability or unemployment statements,
    • If you are self-employed, your most recent tax returns and year-to-date profit and loss statement,
    • Proof of CalWorks, or any other proof of income

Hours of Operation


Self-Help Center staff is available from Monday-Thursday 8:00am to 4:00pm and Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm to provide procedural guidance and information.


  • Central Justice Center: First Floor, Room G100
    • 700 Civic Center Dr. West, Santa Ana, CA 92701
  • Harbor Justice Center - Newport Beach Facility: Room 150
    • 4601 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Lamoreaux Justice Center: First Floor, Room 101
    • 341 The City Dr. South, Orange, CA 92868
  • North Justice Center: Upper Level, Room 360
    • 1275 North Berkeley Ave., Fullerton, CA 92838
  • Superior Court Service Center
    • 27573 Puerta Real, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
  • West Justice Center: First Floor *
    • 8141 13th St., Westminster, CA 92683

*The West Justice Center Self Help Center is open to the public on a part-time basis on Tuesdays and Thursdays as a computer lab to provide assistance for on-line document preparation and workshops for procedural information to self-represented litigants. Also, on Thursdays, the center is now open for in-person assistance in both English and Vietnamese. Examples of services that are available on Thursdays are listed in the West Justice Center flyer.

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