Self-Help

Disclaimer

The information on this website is intended to assist patrons with their legal research and is in no way intended to replace the counsel of an attorney. Any decisions about how to proceed must be determined by the patron. The library staff can recommend and refer you to print and web-based resources that will help you find answers to your law-related questions. The staff at the San Joaquin County Law Library cannot explain or interpret the law itself and we are not permitted to give legal advice.


With the continually increasing cost of litigation, Pro se litigants, or parties representing themselves without the assistance of an attorney, are increasingly common (ABA Journal, 2010). To assist the pro se litigant, the San Joaquin County Law Library offers a full range of NOLO self-help books and compiled manuals from the Judicial Council of California, which are also available on the California Courts website. Our Catalog is available online for inquiry.  The Law Library also provides access to web-based resources, like EBSCO (NOLO), which can assist the pro se litigant in a user-friendly manner.

The San Joaquin County Law Library makes every effort possible to assist pro se litigants with locating resources, but law librarians are not attorneys, and cannot fill in forms or offer legal advice.

The Law Library CAN: direct the pro se litigant to resources such as: Finding a FormFinding a Court, or Finding Legal Assistance, provide books and manuals with relevant information regarding application and procedure, perform an online search to provide the patron with relevant information, suggest search terms, and teach legal research techniques.

If you feel you are in need of research assistance, please visit your local law library. A directory of law libraries is available on the Council of California County Law Librarians website. If you are still unsure about where to find help for your legal issue, please visit our Finding Legal Assistance page, which contains various resource and referral sites pertaining to obscure legal issues.