Access Center

Customers with
Education and

Legal Self-Help at the San Francisco Superior Court

Self-help services for family law matters and certain civil cases are available for self-represented Court customers who seek legal information and resources.

Location and Hours

The Court's ACCESS Center (self-help) will be closed for the period of Tuesday March 17, through Wednesday April 15, 2020. All in-person and telephone services will be suspended during this time.

For more information and ongoing updates, please refer to the court's website at:

For information about your IV-D Child Support case, please contact the Department of Child Support Services customer service line at (866) 901-3212 or

You must arrive at least (1) one hour prior to drop-in closing hours. Depending on your legal issue and staffing resources, you may be asked to return on another day. We apologize for any inconvenience. Court staff is unable to provide advice or strategize with you concerning your case. Our services are free of charge and are neutral (offered to both sides in a case). 

*Registration for PRE-SCREENED APPOINTMENTS are scheduled during drop-in sessions for complex legal matters only.

Staff Can:

  • Give you information in many languages and explain your legal options.
  • Give you tools to represent yourself in Court.
  • Show you how to fill out the legal forms, follow court procedures, find resources or a lawyer.

Staff Cannot:

  • Help with criminal cases, immigration, bankruptcy, civil appeals, discovery, and certain civil cases.
  • Act as your lawyer (there is no attorney-client relationship).
  • Go with you to Court, or speak to a Judge for you.
  • If you have an attorney, the ACCESS Center cannot help you.

You do not have to pay anything to use the ACCESS Center. But you may need to pay for copies and Court filing fees. If you are low-income, you may be able to file for free.


Family Law

Civil (Non-Family) Law

Other Self-Help Resources



The Staff at the ACCESS Center is available to help all parties to the case, which means that we may also help the other party in your case. The Staff of the Center can help you in preparing your own forms and can give you general information. The Staff of the Center cannot go with you to court. 
The member s of the staff of the ACCESS Center ARE NOT YOUR LAWYERS, but are neutral persons who do not represent any party. There is no attorney-client relationship between you and the Staff of the Center. 
Communications between you and the Staff of the ACCESS Center are not confidential. You should consult with your own attorney if you want personalized advice or strategy, to have a confidential conversation, or to be represented by an attorney in court. The Staff of the Self-Help Center is not responsible for the outcome of your case. 
You should consult with an attorney before attempting to represent yourself with the assistance of the ACCESS Center. Some rights cannot be adequately protected without the assistance of an attorney. To find our how to hire an attorney, and/or obtain a low fee consultation with an attorney, call the San Francisco Bar Associations’ Lawyer Referral Service at (415) 989-1616.