Self Help Center

Free resources are available to help you find legal information and learn how to represent yourself in some legal matters.

Important Disclosure: These programs and services are available to all parties in a case. The program staff cannot represent any of the parties in a case. No attorney-client relationship is created between any party and the program staff as a result of these services. Communications between parties and program staff are not confidential. The staff can only provide information and education, not legal advice. To receive legal advice, one must hire a private attorney.

Sierra Superior Court Self-Help Resources

The Self-Help Center provides the resources citizens need to better understand the legal process and/or represent themselves in a court case. The Self-Help Center provides services of the Family Law Facilitator in addition to restraining orders, residential evictions, name changes, other civil matters.

The Center is located at:

100 Courthouse Square
Second Floor
Downieville, CA 95936

Phone: (530) 289-3698

Hours: Please call for availability

Nevada City Self-Help Center / Nevada County Law Library
To better serve the residents of Sierra County, Sierra Superior Court has teamed up with the Nevada City Self-Help Center. Self-represented litigants can take advantage of the free first-come, first serve walk-in help with family law, civil matters, evictions and unlawful detainer actions, probate / estate planning and restraining orders.

The walk in clinic is located at:

201 Church Street
Nevada City, CA 95959

Hours: Monday – Thursday:
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


10075 Levon Ave
Truckee, CA 96161

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
(Last Friday of the month only)

Phone: (530) 470-2594 (please leave a detailed message)

Small Claims

Small claims is a court within the Superior Court where disputes are resolved quickly and inexpensively. For more information small claims click here.

Legal Services of Northern California

Sierra County has an equal access partnership with Legal Services of Norther California to provide assistance to low-income clients who meet the eligibility requirements. For more information click here.

Self Help Forms

Judicial Council Forms