California Courts Self-Help CenterResources to handle your case.

California Courts Self-Help Center

Centro de Ayuda delas Cortes de California

Stand StrongProvides counseling, shelter and legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and their children.

Stand Strong, formerly the Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County, is committed to providing comprehensive services for victims of intimate partner violence and child abuse in our community.  For legal help, please call (805) 781-6418. For emergency shelter, please call (805) 781-6400. For counseling, please call (805) 473-6507. 24-Hour Crisis Line: 781-6400.

RISEServing victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Assistance with obtaining temporary restraining orders, counseling and shelter services and advocacy and accompaniment. All services are confidential and available in Spanish. 855-886-7473 toll-free, 24-hr crisis line.

Small Claims Court AdvisorFree assistance with your small claims matter.

Free assistance completing small claims forms, answering procedural questions and providing referrals to legal resources and publications. 1050 Monterey St, Room 223, SLO, CA 93408.  (805) 781-5856 – Press Option 3. Phone and walk-in hours: Mon – Fri, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

SLO County Law LibraryLegal research and guides

Reference materials available including Nolo Press publications, Westlaw, copier, and computer with internet access. 1050 Monterey St. Room 125, SLO, CA 93408. (805) 781-5855. Mon – Fri, 9 am – 4 pm.

Family Law FacilitatorFree assistance with family law matters.

Free assistance in divorce, legal separation, nullity, paternity, restraining orders, guardianship and name change cases.  Help obtain and modify child support, custody and visitation orders.  Walk-in hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs:  8:30 am – 11:30 am. 1035 Palm St. 3rd Floor Atrium, SLO, CA and 901 Park St. Rm 112 Paso Robles, CA.  (805) 788-3418 Recorded Information.  Workshops available.

Eviction AssistanceFree assistance for self-represented tenants and landlords with eviction issues.

California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) assists self-represented tenants and landlords with eviction issues at the San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles courthouses.

Walk-In Hours: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm to 4:00 PM.

  • Mondays and Wednesdays: San Luis Obispo Courthouse (3rd floor Atrium, across from Family Law Facilitator, 1050 Monterey Street)
  • Tuesdays: Paso Robles Courthouse (901 Park Street)

For more information please call (805) 544-7994, or visit

Creative MediationMediation and Dispute Resolution Service

Free mediation and conflict-coaching services to resolve small claims and community, landlord/tenant, and neighbor issues, with specialized services for family conflict including elder concerns, parent/teen and child custody/visitation. 285 South St, Ste. J, SLO, CA 93401. (805) 549-0442.

California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) CRLA provides free legal service to those living in our service area.

CRLA focuses on employment and labor law, education law, housing law, civil rights, health law, and public benefits defense. CRLA also protects Ingenious Mexican communities, LGBT communities, and farmworker communities.  Does not assist with family law, criminal law or debt collection. (805) 544-7994.

Consumer Debt and Bankruptcy ClinicFree assistance via live video conferencing with a pro bono bankruptcy attorney.

The Consumer Debt & Bankruptcy Clinic offers free video conferencing through a web connection in the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court. Clinic attorneys provide free bankruptcy and consumer debt information as well as referrals for individuals who represent themselves and have not hired an attorney.

Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Paso Robles Superior Court, 901 Park Street, Room 112.

211 - SLO County Free 24-hour information and referrals to community resources.

2-1-1 is an easy to remember three-digit phone number that brings people and services together. It is a non-emergency telephone number that connects individuals and families with information and community resources, available to more than 93% of those living in the United States.

Call 2-1-1 or (805) 549-8989 or (800) 549-8989.

The Lawyer Referral and Information Service is a non-profit community service program sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association and certified by State Bar of California. Established in 2002, LRIS was created with several goals in mind: to help you find an attorney that specifically matches your legal need or problem; to help you determine if alternative resources are appropriate; to provide you with direction when a legal matter appears confusing, intimidating or time consuming. Call the LRIS at (805) 541-5502.

Cal Poly Low Income Tax Payer ClinicTax Dispute Representation

The Cal Poly Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) represents low-income taxpayers involved in controversies with the Internal Revenue Service. The LITC also provides education and outreach services on the rights and responsibilities of U.S. taxpayers to individuals who speak English as a second language (ESL). All services are provided at no charge to qualifying individuals.

Not ready to tackle your legal matter on your own? Give them a call at Phone (877) 318-6772 

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