Tips for Representing Yourself in Court

  • Dress the way you want to be treated: professionally. Shorts, tanks tops, and bare feet are not allowed in the courtroom. Do not chew gum. Set pagers and cell phones to silent.
  • Be on time! Be seated in the courtroom with your documents [bring at least 3 copies] and your witnesses at least 10 minutes before court is scheduled to begin. Make sure you are in the right courtroom. Sit quietly in the courtroom, until your case is called.

Online Resources

Equal Access Project

Available on the California Judicial Branch web site (link above) are samples from courts of informational materials, instructions, and videos providing basic legal information and explanation about the court process in a variety of matters. It also includes templates and sample pleadings developed by self-help centers to assist self-represented litigants in completing forms and pleadings.

Self Help

The Self-Help Legal Center offers one stop legal assistance and a place for people to research a legal matter, type forms, make photocopies, and get prepared to file their papers. One can make an appointment for individual assistance or attend one of the “How to” clinics.


The Self-Help Legal Center provides services for the Superior Courts of Calaveras. All services are free of charge.