The Hennepin County District Court Self-Help Centers offer services to people who are representing themselves in court. The Hennepin County Self-Help Centers include the Family Justice Center Self-Help Center and Government Center Self-Help Center. See the Locations & Hours tab for more information.
The mission and vision of the Hennepin County District Court Self-Help Centers is to help self-represented litigants to handle their court case independently by providing clear and consistent resources to increase fair, timely, and neutral access to justice.
- One-on-one help with court procedures
- One-on-one review of completed court forms
- Court forms and written instructions (some fees may apply)
- Brief legal advice from volunteer attorneys (when walk-in services are available)
- Referrals to community resources and legal services
- Help available in other languages either through bilingual staff or use of Language Line, a telephone-based language service.
The Self-Help Centers provide services in a few different ways, including phone, email, virtual appointments (i.e. Zoom meetings), in-person appointments, and walk-in services.
– Contact us at the phone numbers listed on the Locations and Hours tab. Phone
– Use the Contact Us form to send us your questions or forms to be reviewed by e-mail. We are generally able to respond to all emails within 1-3 business days.
Appointments (in-person or via Zoom)
– Use the Contact Us form to request an appointment (in-person or via Zoom) with staff. You can request an appointment for questions or form reviews. Note that in-person appointments may be limited at this time.
– Visit a location in-person. Services are available on a first-come, first-served basis. See the Locations and Hours tab for address information and hours of service.
Self-Help Center staff are court employees. Court employees cannot give legal advice or do legal research for customers. There is no attorney-client privilege or confidentiality of any information between you and the staff at a Self-Help Center. Staff must remain neutral and may give services to other people involved with your legal problem. Self-Help staff are not responsible for the outcome of your case. Please read What Court Staff Can and Cannot Do for You.