1 Second Street
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 786 - 7200 (option 4)
San Benito County
Santa Cruz County
Who We Are
The Santa Cruz Superior Court offers a free Self Help Center (SHC) to assist self represented customers with a variety of basic legal issues. The SHC includes the services of the Family Law Facilitator and the Small Claims Advisor. Below you will find a list of legal issues the SHC can assist you with.
The Self Help Center can provide court forms and legal information for the following legal issues:
Family Law: Including, but not limited to, divorce, child support, child custody
Name Change/Gender Change
Guardianship of the person
Restraining Orders: Domestic Violence, Civil Harassment, Elder Abuse
Small Claims: Limited hours and Workshop - see below
Limited Civil (contract cases): Limited hours and Workshop - see below
Probate Conservatorship: Workshop only - see below
Provide community and legal resources
Please read the "come prepared section" at the bottom of this page.
In general please note the following:
Customers receive service at the Self Help Center on a first come, first serve basis.
You should arrive before the session starts to ensure a spot in line (sessions start at 8:30 AM and 1 PM). Sessions often fill up before the stated closure times.
The Self Help Center is not a safe place for children. Children are not allowed at the Self Help Center.
Can not assist you if you have an attorney of record.
Legal Help Category