How do I get help filling out court forms?

If you are representing yourself in court, you are responsible for filling out your own court forms.

When you hand your documents to the clerk at the Courthouse, they will check everything over to make sure your documents meet the legal requirements. If your documents do not meet these requirements, the clerks will reject them. You will have to take them away and fix whatever problems the clerk identified. The clerks are not able to give you advice or make changes to documents for you. This is why it is important to take the time to learn the requirements and check your documents over before going to the Courthouse to file them.

Staff at Resolution and Court Administration Services can explain what is needed in some spots on the forms, if you do not understand. Community legal clinics in your area may also be able to help.

However, these organizations cannot fill them out for you, or tell you what information you should include. If you need legal advice about what to include in your court paperwork, you will need to speak to a lawyer.

If English is not your first language, you may want to contact the immigrant services in your community.