Legal Guidance Organizations

The following websites offer the resources and forms you need, along with valuable information on a variety of legal issues, helping you to better comprehend our complex legal system.

Access to California Courts

The American with Disabilities Act requires that state courts provide full access to individuals with disabilities. Find forms, rules, opinions and the procedures you’ll need.

American Bar Association – Division of Public Education

The mission of the ABA Division for Public Education is to promote public understanding of law and its role in society. Find numerous programs for students, teachers, lawyers, judges and more.

American Bar Association – Legal Fact Check

The American Bar Association uses case and statutory law and other legal precedents to separate legal fact from fiction. Please feel free to pose a question.

Alameda County Law Library

The mission of the Alameda County Law Library is to make current legal information available to members of the bench, the bar, and the public. Find a web catalog, legal database, research guides, and conference rooms.

United States Bankrupcty Court

Filing a Bankruptcy Case for an Individual Without an Attorney (Pro Se Debtor) Information
NOTE:  “The information contained on this page is not intended to advise you of your legal rights or responsibilities.  It merely outlines certain requirement for filing documents with the court.”

California Courts Self-Help Center

This website will help you find assistance and information, work better with an attorney, and represent yourself in some legal matters.

Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California

Contra Costa County Public Law Library

You have free access to legal reference material to help preserve your legal rights. Never forget that our public libraries offer excellent resources for the entire community.

California Courts – Resolve Your Case Self-Help Videos

California Courts is committed to providing fair and equal access to justice for all Californians:

  • Resolve Your Case: Watching these videos will give you information about the law and procedures for resolving a specific type of dispute through the normal court process and alternative dispute resolution processes, which are usually less formal, less expensive, and less time consuming than a trial. They are available in English and Spanish.
  • Resolve Civil Harassment Cases (Restraining Orders): If you feel harassed by someone, or if someone says you are harassing them.
  • Resolve Small Claims Cases: If someone owes you or claims you owe them $10,000 or less.
  • Resolve Unlawful Detainer (Eviction) Cases: If someone owes you or claims you owe them $10,000 or less.
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: The most common types of ADR for civil cases are mediation, settlement conferences, neutral evaluation and arbitration. Read more about the ADR processes, when they may or may not be appropriate, or watch a video demonstration.

This website helps Californians find legal aid referrals and self-help resources. They also have links to resources available in many languages.

State Bar of California

You can check an attorney’s official bar membership record, find a lawyer in your county, find out how to file a complaint against an attorney, get a brochure on various legal topics, and more.

Stateside Legal

To help military members, veterans and their families access benefits, find free legal help, and better understand your legal issues.

Virtual Self-Help Law Center

This website makes it easier for you to handle your court case, whether you have a lawyer or not. This site can help you learn about court procedures, find forms, and links to other important resources.

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