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Self-Help Center

The Superior Court of Nevada County offers free help to the public. We help with a variety of basic legal issues and types of cases, including family law and small claims. 

- Ask us your questions in person or by email .  Please note that phone has limited availability. 
- Find step by step instructions and forms online. 

Services we offer

The Self-Help Center provides legal and procedural information and assistance with court forms to self-represented litigants.  We assist both sides of the case equally.  All services of the Self-Help Center are free of charge, other than costs of copying, printing and postage.

The Self-Help Center CANNOT:

  • give you legal or strategy advice.
  • have a confidential communication with you.  
  • represent anyone in court. 
  • have an attorney-client relationship with anyone.
  • assist you if you are represented by an attorney. 
  • help with federal cases, such as bankruptcy, or
  • help with appeal.

To get legal advice or have a confidential conversation, you must speak with a private attorney.

Self-Help Center is closed on:
Wednesday, OCTOBER 11, 2023 for Self-Help Services in Truckee.
Wednesday, NOVEMBER 8, 2023 for Self-Help Services in Truckee.

Friday, NOVEMBER 10, 2023 for Veterans Day.

Thursday and Friday, NOVEMBER 23 & 24, 2023 for Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, DECEMBER 13, 2023 for Self-Help Services in Truckee.
Monday, DECEMBER 25, 2023 for Christmas. 

We will not be available for any purposes during those dates.

Self-Help Staff will be in the Truckee Courthouse the second Wednesday of each month.  The Nevada City Office will be CLOSED on those dates.  Law Library in Nevada City will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Please note that the Law Librarian is not Self-Help staff and CANNOT answer Self-Help, Family Law Facilitator or Small Claims Advisor questions.  

Self Help Center in Truckee 2023

  Truckee Self-Help is walk-in from 9:00 a.m. to noon and by appointment in the afternoon.   

January 11, 2023

July 12, 2023

February 8, 2023

August 9, 2023

March 8, 2023 Snowed out. 

March 22, 2023 make up. 

September 13, 2023

No appointments. 

April 12, 2023

October 11, 2023

May 10, 2023

November 9, 2023

June 14, 2023

December 13, 2023


SPECIAL NOTICE - CENTER and LAW LIBRARY CLOSED: The Self-Help Center / Family Law Facilitator / Small Claims Advisor / Law Library will be closed on:


2023 Holidays

New Year's Day (2023)

Monday, January 2

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, January 16

Lincoln's Birthday

Monday, February 13

President's Day

Monday, February 20

Cesar Chavez Day

Friday, March 31

Memorial Day

Monday, May 29


Monday, June 19

Independence Day

Tuesday, July 4

Labor Day

Monday, September 4

Native American Day

Friday, September 22

Veterans Day

Friday, November 10


Thursday, November 23

Day After Thanksgiving

Friday, November 24

Christmas Day

Monday, December 25


Priority is given to walk-in patrons.  Email will be returned as staffing allows.  There is no time estimate for return of email.   

While we are out, you can still help yourself. Useful links are on the Self-Help Tab.

Law Library

The Nevada County Law Library is the primary depository of legal reference materials for the County of Nevada, and provides open access of these resources to all members of the community.

Step-by-step instructions online

The State of California provides online information and resources for people representing themselves in a court case. Access these easy-to-read step-by-step instructions for navigating your court case from any device. 

California Self-Help Guide

Types of Cases

We can help you help yourself with most non-criminal legal problems.  We cannot help with Federal law or appeals. We have detailed resources on these areas:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

    The Self-Help Center offers services for mediation and arbitration.

  • Small Claims

    The Small Claims Advisor is available through the Self-Help Center located in the Law Library.

  • Family Law Facilitator

    The office of the Family Law Facilitator assists self-represented parties with child support, spousal support and health insurance issues.

Top California Court FAQs

The following are links to the State of California's Self-Help Center frequently asked questions pages. Information is provided in English and Spanish.

Divorce & Separation
Custody & Parenting Time
Name Change
Small Claims
Restraining Orders
Evictions & Unlawful Detainer

Additional Resources

  • SHARP Portal

    The SHARP portal walks through many kinds of forms.

  • Sacramento Law Library

    You can do research through the Sacramento County Law Library. They post Sacramento-specific addresses and court procedures, but the general information is very helpful.

  • Legal Services of Northern California

    For additional help, contact the Auburn office of Legal Services of Northern California.

  • Online Resources

    View a collection of additional self-help resources available online.

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