Form Instruction Packets
||Chief Justice Ronald M. George at a ceremony marking the opening of Fresno's Spanish-language Self-Help Education and Information Center "Centro de Recursos Legales". In his remarks, the Chief Justice lauded the center as another milestone in efforts around the state to improve access to court services. (Photo: Paul Robinson)
"Access to Justice - Service to the Public"
The Fresno County Superior Court has established the Spanish Self-Help Center - Centro de Recursos Legales - which is already proving to be a great success. The primary objective of this grant-funded program is to provide education and equal access to the court system for the Spanish pro per litigant by offering educational information and language assistance. The Center is designed to address the under served Spanish population by focusing on the heart of the problem - the language barrier - and is directed at all need levels of the Spanish self-represented litigant. The Center is here to help you help yourself!
The "Centro de Recursos Legales" is a self-help education and information center. The center was created to help you find legal forms and give you the information and resources to fill out those forms in a friendly Spanish-speaking environment.
The services at the "Centro de Recursos Legales" are available to those who speak Spanish and need the help of an interpreter.
What you can find at the Center:
The "Centro de Recursos Legales" can help you by providing information and instructions in Spanish and English to show you how to complete legal forms for common cases in civil court. There are also Spanish-speaking volunteers who may be able to assist at the Center and in court.
The Center has instructions in Spanish and English for these legal forms:
- Unlawful Detainer
- Civil Harassment
- Family Law
- Domestic Violence
The Center also has information about other agencies that might be able to help.
The Spanish Self-Help Center Services
- Access to Spanish language self-help instruction packets for use in completing court documents for: Family Law - Unlawful Detainer (Evictions) - Civil Harassment - Guardianship- Domestic Violence.
- Volunteer Interpreter assistance in court, provided through the center's Spanish Volunteer Interpreter Bureau.
- Review of court documents by a court examiner (by appointment only).
- Rotating "how to" clinics on Family Law, Civil Harassment, and Guardianship (pre-registration required).
- Informational materials are available at the Center and computer terminals are available for self-help use.
- There is no charge for using the Center's services; however, there is a nominal charge for self-help packets and documents prepared or copied at the office.
The Spanish Self-Help Center - known as Centro de Recursos Legales - is in full operation and open to the public.
- We will give general legal information, but CANNOT give legal advice.
- We are available to help both parties. That means we may also help the other party in your case.
- We DO NOT represent you and we CANNOT act as your lawyer.
The Center is located at 1130 O Street, First Floor,
Fresno, CA 93721-2220. The phone number to the Spanish Self-Help Center is 559-457-2100 or toll-free within Fresno County: 1-866-665-2345
Office hours are: Monday -Tuesday and Thursday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Office is closed on Wednesdays.
Volunteer Interpreter Bureau
Fresno Superior Court is proud to offer (based upon availability) volunteer interpreters to assist self-represented litigants in civil cases. The Volunteer Interpreter Bureau is made up of volunteers drawn from community agencies, as well as educational institutions that assist self-represented litigants with translations at the Center or in Court. The volunteer interpreters are tested by the courtís Interpreter Department Manager and placed according to their skill level. Certified court interpreters mentor those who are selected for use in the courtroom until they are ready to assist litigants on their own. Most of the volunteers aspire to become certified court interpreters and their ability to assist as a volunteer enables them to strengthen their skills in preparation of the State exam.
If you are fluent in English and Spanish - Become a Volunteer Interpreter through the Centro De Recursos Legales (Spanish Self-Help Center)
As a Volunteer Interpreter you can:
- Help our Spanish-speaking community gain equal access to our Court system.
- Explore interpreting as a career.
- Be mentored by a Certified Court Interpreter and gain first-hand experience in the exciting world of interpreting.
- Be a part of helping others help themselves.
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer, call (559) 457-2100
If you are interested in becoming a Certified Interpreter, visit AOCís Becoming an Interpreter home page.
For additional assistance and information visit the Administrative Office of the Court's Self-Help website: http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp