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Civil Self-Help Packets

Self-Help form packets generally include a group of fillable forms that are required to be completed in order to either begin or complete a case.

Unlawful Detainer (Evictions)

An unlawful detainer is a legal way for a landlord to evict a tenant. For more information on Unlawful Detainers, see the Evictions Page.

Form Packet Name Description Form Links Resources
Unlawful Detainer - Complaint Forms to start an unlawful detainer (eviction) case. English Complete Forms Online (external site)
Unlawful Detainer - Answer Respond to an unlawful detainer (eviction). Should be filed within 5 days after you are served the summons and complaint. English

Complete Forms Online (external site)

Tenant's Unlawful Detainer Chart

Unlawful Detainer - Default Judgment

Finish your eviction case.

Requirement:

  • No response filed by defendant.
English  

Name Change

Legally changing your name or a minor's name by getting a court order. With a court order you can change your legal name on government-issued identification documents such as your driver's license, passport, and social security card. You will generally need a certified copy of the decree changing your name. For more information on name changes, see the Civil Self-Help Page.

Form Packet Name Description Form Links Resources
Name Change

You can ask for a court order to:

  • Change your own name
  • Change your name to match your gender identify
  • Change the name(s) of one or more children
  • Change your own name and that of one or more of your children (family group)
 

Complete Forms Online (external site)

List of Approved Newspapers (external site)

Civil Harassment Restraining Order

A civil harassment restraining order is a court order that helps protect people from violence, stalking, serious harassment, or threats of violence.

In a civil harassment restraining order, you can ask to restrain:

  • A neighbor,
  • A roommate,
  • A friend,
  • A family member more than 2 degrees removed, like an aunt or uncle, a niece or nephew, cousins, and more distant relatives, or
  • Other people you are not closely related to.

For more information on Civil Harassment, see the Civil Self-Help Page.

Form Packet Name Description Form Links Resources
Request to Civil Harassment Restraining Order Forms to request a civil harassment restraining order. English

Complete Forms Online (external site)

Instructions/Information (external site)

Response to Civil Harassment Restraining Order Answer to Restraining order if you want to respond or defend yourself against a restraining order being placed against you. English Complete Forms Online (external site)

Small Claims

Small Claims court is a special civil court where disputes are resolved quickly and inexpensively. The rules are simple and informal.

The maximum amount that you can sue for depends on who you are and who you are suing:

  • An individual or Sole Proprietor - $12,500.00
  • A Corporation or Business - $6,250.00

For more information on Small Claims, see the Small Claims Page.

Form Packet Name Description Form Links Resources
Small Claims - Plaintiff's Claim Forms to start a small claims case.

English

Español 

Small Claims Process (external site)
Small Claims - Defendant's Claim If the Plaintiff owes you monies, you may file a Defendant's Claim. This is not a response.

English

Español

Being Sued - Small Claims Self-Help (external site)
Small Claims - COVID 19 Rental Debts Forms for a landlord to start a COVID-19 rental debt case 

English

Español

Small Claims COVID-19 Rental Debts Process (External Site)

Limited Civil

Limited Civil cases is where the amount in dispute is $25,000 or less. For more information, click here.

Form Packet Name Description Form Links Resources
Answer to contract/ collections Answer to respond to the Plaintiff’s Complaint. Tells the court and the other side that you challenge the Complaint-Contract, and what defenses you will raise.  English

Being Sued

Responding to Breach of Contract Lawsuit Guide