Self Help Center

The Self Help Center is currently closed to in person services, however assistance can still be obtained via telephone by calling 661-868-2532 or by email

The Self Help Center’s hours of operation are
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Self Help Center can provide you with the following services:

The Self Help Center can provide assistance and information the preparation of
  1. Petitions for Guardianship of the Person, clearing of Guardianship notes
  2. Petitions for Dissolution, Establish Parentage, Custody and Visitation
  3. Requests for Orders (Child Custody, Visitation, Child Support*)
  4. Default Dissolution, legal separation and Nullity
  5. Small Claims
  6. Limited Civil Matters

Additional Resources

Kern County Law Library


For procedural information and assistance with:
  1. Civil Harassments
  2. Traffic motions,
  3. Expungements
  4. How to Commence/Answer in a Civil Action
  5. Obtaining a free/limited term access to Westlaw
  6. Access to NOLO Books

Landlord/Tenant Assistance Center

For information and assistance with unlawful detainer/eviction:
Landlords, please call
Tenants, please call

Instructions and other resources

Form's Instructions:
Domestic Violence
Family Law
LawHelp Interactive
Small Claims
Other Resources:
Business Search
California Court Self-Help Center help and information
California Department of Consumer Affairs
California Judicial Council forms
California Law
Kern County Law Library
Kern County Sheriff for service of civil court papers
Small Claims
Local Rules of Court
Unlawful Detainer (evictions)
Virtual Self-Help Law Center
Centro Virtual de Ayuda Legal

The Self Help Center is NOT intended to take the place of advice of legal counsel. The Superior Court of California, County of Kern court employees are prohibited from giving legal advice per Government Code sections 24004 and 68082. The services provided by the self-help staff are not intended to give one side of a case an advantage over the other, and that no attorney-client relationship exists between the self-help center personnel and the litigant using the center. This means that communications between the litigant and the self-help center attorneys, staff, or volunteers are not privileged and that the self-help center staff may provide services to the other party.