Kern County Self-Help Center and Small Claims Advisor


1415 Truxtun
3rd Floor Kern County Law Library
Bakersfield, CA 93301
United States

(661) 868 - 5320
Areas Served
Kern County
Who We Are
The Self Help Center is designed to provide free legal resources and assistance to self-represented litigants, also known as "Pro Pers". Self Help Center offers services in various areas of the law. The Self Help Center and Law Library staff can help you understand the legal process and necessary steps to receive your day in court.
The Small Claims Advisor is employed by the court and can explain the basic steps involved in small claims actions. Services are offered at no cost on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
This organization is accessible by wheelchair
This organization provides access for the hearing impaired
Community Groups
Medicaid Eligible
Mentally Ill
Over 60
Person living with HIV/AIDS
Person with Disabilities
Related to person living with HIV/AIDS
Survivor of Domestic Violence
U.S. Citizen or Documented Immigrant
Under 18
Description of Service Types
The Self Help Center can provide you with the following services:\nTalk with a well trained Self Help staff member to determine what legal forms and steps you need to take to file your lawsuit.\nProvide you with procedural information, sample packets and forms on these types of cases:\nCivil harassment\nConsumer law\nElder abuse\nExpungements\nUnlawful detainers (evictions)\nSmall claims\nGuardianships\nProbate\nCriminal\nTraffic\nCheck your legal forms for accuracy and file readiness.\nHelp you comply with instructions from judicial officers and other court staff to keep your case progressing.\nProvide information on what civil mediation services are available to you so you can resolve your case before trial.\nAssist persons needing special accommodations to access the court.\n\nThe Self Help Center is NOT intended to take the place of advice of legal counsel. The Superior Court of California, County of Kern court employees are prohibited from giving legal advice per Government Code sections 24004 and 68082. The services provided by the self-help staff are not intended to give one side of a case an advantage over the other, and that no attorney-client relationship exists between the self-help center personnel and the litigant using the center. This means that communications between the litigant and the self-help center attorneys, staff, or volunteers are not privileged and that the self-help center staff may provide services to the other party.
Organization Type
Court Programs
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