Written by Frank Lopez
The Fresno Superior Court has announced it will expand the services provided by its Self-Help Service Center by adding more business hours, assistance with conservatorship/guardianship cases and a larger outreach to remote parts of the county.
In September, the court received $400,000 in increased self-help funding from Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2018-2019 Fiscal Year Budget. The additional funds will be used to increase accessibility to self-help services by extending service hours to five days per week and the hiring of additional staff to both establish greater contact with outlying communities and increase assistance on different subject matters, including certain Probate matters.
Due to a statewide budget crisis and the resulting staff shortages, office hours were reduced to four days a week in 2012, but beginning January 1, 2019, the Self-Help Service Center will be open from Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Over two decades ago, The Self-Help Center was established to increase access to justice and assistance to the public by providing comprehensive services, at little or no cost, to self-represented litigants in Fresno County. Most of the assistance provided is focused on family law, but there are also services for civil and small claims matters, adoption, termination of parental rights, martial dissolution/legal separation/nullity, child custody, support and protective orders regarding domestic violence and elder abuse.
The Center is located in Fresno at 1130 O St., on the first floor.