Court staff is here to help you by answering procedural questions, accepting your documents and payments and providing you with general information. To maintain our neutrality there are limits to the assistance that staff can provide to you here in the court. Click here to read more about what we can and cannot do for you. Below find links to several resources that may be able to help you beyond what our staff is allowed to do.
Here are some agencies and on-line resources for individuals who need legal information, advice or are representing themselves in court.
Department of Child Support Services
DCSS works with parents — custodial and noncustodial — and guardians to ensure children and families receive court-ordered financial and medical support. Address: 88 Rowland Way, Suite 200, Novato, CA 94945. Phone: (866) 901-3212.
Family & Children’s Law Center
This agency provides low-cost (based on sliding fee schedule) legal representation in family law matters, including domestic violence. Address: 1401 Los Gamos Drive, Suite 200, San Rafael, CA 94903. Phone: (415) 492-9230.
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Lawyer Referral Service
For referrals to pre-screened, experienced Marin County attorneys in a variety of legal areas, please call the Marin San Francisco Lawyer Referral Service at (415) 989-1616. Certified by the California State Bar Association, the program provides referrals to qualified lawyers. Preliminary consultations are available at discounted fees. Bilingual attorneys are available. Address: 201 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94105. Phone: (415) 989-1616
The Marin County Law Library (MCLL) is part of the California County Law Library system, which was established in 1891. MCLL provides free public access to legal information, focusing on providing practical materials not only to attorneys and judges, but to businesses, self-represented litigants, and people who want to know more about their rights. Address: 20 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA 94903. Phone: (415) 472-3733
Legal Aid of Marin
Civil legal services to low-income people who meet income guidelines. Address: 1401 Los Gamos Drive, Suite 101, San Rafael, CA 94903. Phone: (415) 492-0230
California Courts Self-Help Center
The Judicial Branch of California provides resources and information to help individuals navigate their court case, including step-by-step guides for following procedures and assistance with understanding court options.