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Self-Help Resources & Information

Educational Videos & Resources

The Superior Court of Orange County provides the following educational videos:

Child Support:
Civil Harassment:
Consumer Law:
Elder Law:
Small Claims:
Unlawful Detainer:

Please see the following website pages for additional resources and instructional materials to help with filling out court forms: Virtual Self-Help Law Center Forms Instructions and Virtual Self-Help Center Video Room for information on various court processes

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Other Resources and Media

If you still have questions after viewing the videos and media, you may stop by any of our Self-Help Centers. Our trained staff is ready to assist you.

Links to Court’s Main Website

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Court Related External Links


Our web pages have many links to other organizations, such as other government agencies, non-profit community based organizations, and for-profit entities. When you select these links, they will open in a new window, for your convenience.

While we offer these links in order to assist you in finding the services you may need, please be aware that the policies that apply to our website may not be the same as the terms of use for other web sites. In addition, the Court cannot attest to the accuracy of the information provided by linked sites.

The inclusion of a link to an external website is not intended as an endorsement of:
  • Any product or service offered or referenced by the linked websites,
  • The organizations sponsoring the linked websites, or
  • Any views that might be expressed or referenced in the linked websites.

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Other Resources

The resources listed on this page and throughout this website are not exhaustive. There are many ways to find legal information and help:

  • Website search
  • Self-Help Legal Books
  • Government Agencies
  • Non-Profit Groups
  • Public and Law Libraries
  • Yellow pages of your phone book
  • Friends and family

Sometimes, you have to talk to several people before you get help. If you talk to someone but they cannot help you, ask them who can.

Service of Civil Documents by Orange County Sheriff

Throughout this website you will read about the requirements to "serve" Civil, Family Law, Probate, and Small Claims documents on the other party. Using the Orange County Sheriff for service of process can be required (example: collection of money judgments) or optional (example: serving complaints, petitions, plaintiff’s claims, etc.) depending on the document. Alternatives to the Orange County Sheriff are licensed process servers (check the yellow pages or web) or a person you choose who is at least 18 and not involved in the case.


You can mail or deliver documents to the Sheriff at two locations. Select the location for the city that the Sheriff will be performing the service in:

Orange County Sheriff Location #1:

Civil Process Services
909 N. Main St. Suite 2
Santa Ana, Ca 92701
Phone: (714) 569-3700
Email: for the status of service of a document

Serving documents for the cities of: Anaheim, Brea, Placentia, Buena Park, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, La Habra, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Orange, Rossmoor, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.

Orange County Sheriff Location #2:

Civil Process Services
4601 Jamboree Rd. Room 108
Newport Beach, Ca. 92660
Phone: (949) 476-4820
Email: for the status of service of a document

Serving documents for the cities of: Aliso Viejo, Balboa, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Coto De Caza, Dana Point, El Toro, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Trabuco Canyon, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano.

Out of County Services:

If you need to serve a document outside of Orange County, the California State Sheriff’s Association website contains information for the Sheriff’s Departments throughout California.


Business hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday-Friday.


Fees for the service of documents vary. For further information call or check the Orange County Sheriff website.


You must give the Sheriff exact instructions:

Check the Orange County Sheriff website for more information on serving documents, evictions, seizing and selling property and assets.

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