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Self-help Center

Representing Yourself

Here is What Judiciary Employees Can do to Help You

  • Give you general information and guidance. Staff can direct you to legal resources where you may obtain the answers to your questions.

  • Give you general information about court rules, procedures, and practices and answer questions about how the court system works.

  • Allow you to view your court file or other public files and provide copies of documents for a charge.

  • Give you court forms and general information about how to fill them out. Employees cannot complete any forms for you.

  • Answer questions about the computation of deadlines or due dates.

  • Give you information about court schedules and calendars.

  • Give you general information about how to get legal assistance. Employees cannot recommend a specific lawyer.

  • Give you information about mediation, parenting courses, courses for children of divorcing parents, and community services.

  • Direct you to our law libraries in our courthouses.

  • At the State Law Library, help you find aids and tutorials to assist you in your legal research.

Here is What Judiciary Employees Cannot do to Help You

  • Give you legal advice. Staff cannot answer questions that involve making decisions about options, assessing risks and benefits, and analyzing potential outcomes.

  • Tell you whether to file a case, what specific action you should take, or if there is another procedural alternative in your case.

  • Allow you to talk to a judge or magistrate privately or give them any messages on your behalf.

  • Give out information that allows one party an advantage over another.

  • Give information to one party and not the other(s).

  • Change or alter any court records in a file.

  • Conduct legal research on your behalf.

  • Tell you what to say in court.

  • Be responsible for service of process.

  • Prepare a court order for you or any other document after a hearing.

  • Predict a probable outcome of your case.