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ACCESS Center for Family Law and Self-Help Services

Legal Self-Help at the San Francisco Superior Court

Self-help services for family law matters and certain civil cases are available for self-represented Court customers who seek legal information and/or forms. Customers are served on a first come, first served drop-in basis.

Location and Hours

400 McAllister Street, Room 509
San Francisco, CA 94102-4514

Information Line: (415) 551-5880








8:30 a.m.
12 p.m.

Open for Services Open for Services CLOSED

Open for Services


12 - 1:30 p.m. 






1:30 - 4 p.m. 

Open for Services Open for Services


Open for Services


*It is important for you to arrive early to sign-up. Our drop-in list fills up quickly. Court staff is unable to provide advice or strategize with you concerning your case. Our services are free of charge and are neutral (offered to both sides in a case).

Staff Can:

  • Give you information in many languages and help you understand your legal options.
  • Give you tools to represent yourself in Court.
  • Show you how to fill out the legal forms, follow court procedures, find resources or a lawyer.

Staff Cannot:

  • Help with criminal cases, immigration, bankruptcy, and civil appeals.
  • Act as your lawyer (there is no attorney-client relationship).
  • Go with you to Court, or speak to a Judge for you.
  • If you have an attorney, the ACCESS Center for Family Law and Self-Help Services cannot help you.

You do not have to pay anything to use the ACCESS Center for Family-Law and Self-Help Services. But you may need to pay for copies and Court filing fees. If you are low-income, you may be able to file for free.


Family Law

Civil (Non-Family) Law




The Family Law Facilitator is available to help both parents and all other parties who have questions about family law issues, including child support, spousal support, health insurance, and the availability of community resources to help families. The Family Law Facilitator can help you in preparing your own forms, and can give you general information. The Family Law Facilitator cannot go with you to Court.

The Family Law Facilitator IS NOT YOUR LAWYER, but is a neutral person who does not represent any parent or party. There is no attorney–client relationship between you and the Family Law Facilitator.

The Family Law Facilitator may provide information and services to the other party in your case.

Communications between you and the Family Law Facilitator are not confidential. You should consult with your own attorney if you want personalized advice or strategy, to have a confidential conversation, or be represented by an attorney in Court.

The Family Law Facilitator is not responsible for the outcome of your case.

**The Office of the Family Law Facilitator includes all Court staff and volunteers working at the ACCESS Center for Family Law and Self-Help Services.


Last updated: 4/23/2012 4:40:34 PM