Workshops, Clinics & Presentations


Workshop Calendar

CIVIL  
Civil Litigation Pro Per Clinic 2nd Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 pm (2nd Thursday in November only)
Contra Costa County Bar Association 2300 Clayton Road, Suite 520, Concord, CA
CONSERVATORSHIP  
Responsibilities of Conservatorship of the Person and Conservatorship Of the Estate To sign-up for a Conservatorship Workshop, call the Contra Costa County Public Law Library at (925) 646-2783.
How to Establish a Conservatorship of the Person 1:30 to 3:30 at the Contra Costa County Public Law Library, 1020 Ward Street in Martinez
August 1, Sept. 12, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5, 2016
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDERS  
PITTSBURG - ARNASON JUSTICE CENTER 1000 Center Drive
Self-Help Center
Pittsburg, CA 94565
Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. (you may not get same-day service if you arrive after 9:30 a.m.)
RICHMOND - CARROLL COURTHOUSE 100 37th Street
Room 202
Richmond, CA 94805
Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. (you may not get same-day service if you arrive after 9:30 a.m.)
FAMILY LAW  
  The Bar Association of Contra Costa County and the Family Law Facilitator program offer free workshops in person and online to help people who are representing themselves in Family Law cases.

For more information about the Family Law Facilitator Program, click here.
START YOUR DIVORCE The Start Your Divorce Workshop in English is available online only. Before you start this workshop, you must download a copy of the Starting Your Divorce - Marriage/Domestic Partnership packet. You can also buy this packet from the clerk's office in Pittsburg or Richmond Court or the Public Law Library in Martinez.
GUARDIANSHIP  
  You must register to attend these workshops, but to do so is simple: you may leave a message at (925) 608-2066 or send an email to probfac@contracosta.courts.ca.gov.

Please note that no child care is available so please do not bring children to the workshops. Also be sure to arrive on time, since late arrivals will not be admitted.
PITTSBURG - ARNASON JUSTICE CENTER 1000 Center Drive
Self-Help Center
Pittsburg, CA 94565

"Initiating Petitions": Fourth Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m., except on court or county holidays.

You must bring a printed Guardianship Packet available here or for sale at the Clerk's Office window at the Pittsburg Courthouse.
RICHMOND - CARROLL COURTHOUSE 100 37th Street
Room 202
Richmond, CA 94805

"Initiating Petitions": First Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m., except on court or county holidays.

You must bring a printed Guardianship Packet available here or for sale at the Clerk's Office window in room 185 at the Richmond courthouse.
MARTINEZ - A.F. BRAY COURTHOUSE 1020 Ward Street
Law Library
Martinez, CA 94553

"Initiating Petitions": Third Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. (assistance in Spanish), except on court or county holidays; and fourth Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m., except on court or county holidays.

You must bring a printed Guardianship Packet available at the Guardianship Forms section of our
website here or for sale at the Law Library located at 1020 Ward St., Martinez, CA.
SMALL CLAIMS  
  You must register to attend these workshops, but to do so is simple: you may send an email to smallclaims@contracosta.courts.ca.gov.

Please note that no child care is available so please do not bring children to the workshops. Also be sure to arrive on time, since late arrivals will not be admitted.

The presentations cover jurisdictional limitations of Small Claims court; types of cases heard; mediation as a helpful avenue to solve disputes; initial filings with the court to start the case; notifying other parties about the lawsuit (“service of process”); obtaining evidence and preparing for the trial hearing; what to expect at the hearing; judgment; and obligations and options of the parties after issuance of the judgment. The presentations do not cover how to collect a judgment at the moment.

PITTSBURG - ARNASON JUSTICE CENTER 1000 Center Drive
Self-Help Center
Pittsburg, CA 94565

Every fourth Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m.

You must bring a printed Small Claims Packet available here or for sale at the Clerk’s Office window at the Pittsburg courthouse.
RICHMOND - CARROLL COURTHOUSE 100 37th Street
Room 202
Richmond, CA 94805

Every first Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m.

You must bring a printed Small Claims Packet available here or for sale at the Clerk’s Office window at the Richmond courthouse.
MARTINEZ - A.F. BRAY COURTHOUSE 1020 Ward Street
Law Library
Martinez, CA 94553

Every second Thursday of each month at 9:00 a.m.

You must bring a printed Small Claims Packet available here or for sale at the Law Library located at 1020 Ward St., Martinez, CA.
SENIOR SELF-HELP  
CONTRA COSTA SENIOR LEGAL SERVICES (CCSLS) is a private, nonprofit agency that has been providing free legal services to older residents of the County since 1976. CCSLS provides a range of free legal services to Contra Costa County residents age 60 and older who do not have an attorney and who represent themselves in court.

CCSLS can assist with:

 • Elder Abuse Temporary Restraining Orders
 • Landlord/Tenant cases
 • Conservatorships
 • Consumer credit cases
 • Social Security, Medicare and Medi-Cal issues
 • Other civil legal matters affecting seniors

For more information, please contact Contra Costa Senior Legal Services at: legalhelp@ccsls.org or call 925 609-7900.
Senior Self-Help Clinic (Closed) SPINETTA FAMILY LAW CENTER
The Senior Self-Help Clinic at Spinetta Family Law Center is closed permanently as of October 6th, 2019.
GENERAL LEGAL INFORMATION  
Lawyer in the Library for Martinez MARTINEZ - A.F. BRAY COURTHOUSE
1020 Ward Street - First Floor
Self-Help Center
Martinez, CA 94553

2nd Tuesday 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sign-ups start at noon. Maximum of 20 people accepted per clinic.

    Lawyer in the Library: Martinez
Lawyer in the Library for Richmond DAVID DEL SIMONE MEMORIAL LAW LIBRARY
100 37th Street - Room 237
Richmond, CA 94805

Selected Thursdays - 2:30 p.m. Sign-ups start at 1:00 p.m.

    Lawyer in the Library: Richmond
Free Legal Workshops Free Legal Workshopsare drop-in free legal clinics hosted by the Contra Costa County Bar Association. Volunteer attorneys or qualified legal professionals help members of the public handle their own legal dispute. Upcoming topics include:
Bankruptcy Law, Family Law, Elder Law, Immigration Law, Landlord/Tenant Law, Animal/Neighbor Law

For dates, times and locations please click here