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What Services are Available?

  • Assistance in choosing and completing forms for Department of Child Support actions
  • Information and samples on the following court matters:
    • Child custody or visitation
    • Child and spousal support
    • Parentage/Paternity Actions
    • Petitions for divorce, legal separation, domestic partnership or nullity (By workshop only. See attached schedules: English / Spanish)
    • Proofs of service
    • Modifications to existing orders
    • Fee waiver application
    • Response to court actions (By workshop only. See attached workshop schedules: English / Spanish)
    • Findings and orders after hearings
    • Finalizing dissolution of marriage, legal separations, nullities, domestic partnership and parentage actions
    • Domestic Violence (reviewed for accuracy only after forms are completed)
    • Step-parent adoptions
    • Enforcement of orders
    • Emancipations
    • Civil Harassments (reviewed for accuracy only after forms are completed)
  • Guardianship Orientations are every Thursday at 3:00 p.m. in Room 18
  • Conservatorship Orientations are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at 1:00 p.m. in Room 18. The Pro Per Clinic will assist with guardianships and conservatorships of the person only (no estate assistance) on Wednesday or Friday from 8:30am to 12:00pm only after you have attended the orientation.
  • The Pro Per Clinic provides email and written correspondence assistance to those who live outside the County of San Joaquin and neighboring areas. Email assistance is available at sballin@courts.san-joaquin.ca.us or by mail at Facilitator's Office 540 E. Main St. Stockton, CA 95202. (We will be unable to provide forms to you as there is a cost. You may download the forms from our website or www.courtinfo.ca.gov.)

Pro Per Clinic Flyer

For further information regarding the Pro Per Clinic you can call (209) 468-8280. For general information regarding the Family Law Court you can call (209) 468-8116 to speak to a Family Law Clerk.

What Can I Expect?

When you visit the Family Law Pro Per Clinic, you will need to take a number and have a seat in the hallway. When your number appears on the sign, a staff person will review your request, provide procedural assistance, help with understanding the court system, and make any needed referrals and guidance on completing forms.

What Should I Bring with Me?

  • A copy of all previously filed court documents relating to your case. Your papers should be organized by date, with the oldest paperwork on the bottom and the newest on the top.
  • Forms may be purchased from the Court Clerk's Office or downloaded from our website or www.courtinfo.ca.gov.
  • Do not bring children to any of the Clinic’s locations, workshops or orientations.

Pro Per Clinic Records Request (Special Instructions)

effective March 15, 2010

In order to receive assistance at the Pro Per Clinic, you MUST COME PREPARED by bringing your most recent court documents or order your file in advance from the Records Management Department. If you do not have your court documents or did not request your file in advance of coming to the Pro Per Clinic, you will be required to request your file from Records Management. Upon receipt of your request, the Records Management Department will pull your file for the following business day, so the Pro Per Clinic can assist you.

To order your file in advance, please follow the instructions below:

  1. You may come to the Records Management Department located at 540 E. Main Street, Stockton, CA 95202 in person to complete the Pro Per Clinic Records Request Form. This form is also available at the Information Booth or Pro Per Clinic. OR
  2. You may also submit your request on-line to avoid an extra visit to the courthouse. Your request will be automatically routed to Records Management Department.
  3. Requests submitted during business hours will be ready for the Pro Per Clinic the following business day by 8:30 a.m. and held at the Pro Per Clinic until the end of the week. For example, if you submit a Pro Per Clinic Records Request Form on a Tuesday (during regular business hours- 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.), your file will be available at the Clinic on Wednesday morning and will be held at the Clinic until close of business on Friday. You will be able to receive assistance at the Clinic Wednesday thru Friday of the same week you made your records request.

Location and Hours

At the Downtown Stockton Courthouse Annex at 540 E. Main St, Stockton, CA, 95202: (map & directions)

  • The Family Law Pro Per Clinic is available to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The first Wednesday of each month the clinic will close at 12:00 p.m.
  • The last number of the day is given out at 3:30 p.m. in order to assist all persons before closing at 4:00 p.m. The clinic is located at the Downtown Stockton Courthouse Annex at 540 E. Main St, Stockton, CA, 95202.
  • Persons are seen on a first come, first served basis.
  • The Pro Per Clinic has one evening clinic on the 3rd Thursday of each month at Humphreys College. The clinic begins at 6:30 p.m. The clinic is located at 6650 Inglewood Ave., Stockton, CA 95207.
  • Guardianship Orientations are every Thursday at 3:00 p.m. in Room 18
  • Conservatorship Orientations are the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at 1:00 p.m. in Room 18. The Pro Per Clinic will assist with guardianships and conservatorships on Wednesday or Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. only after you have attended the orientation.
  • Do not bring children to any of the Clinic’s locations or orientations.

Special Needs

If you need an interpreter, please bring one with you to the Pro Per Clinic.

If you need an ASL interpreter or Real Time Captioning, please contact:

Teresa Provencio, Court Operations Manager / Interpreter Coordinator
Superior Court of California, County of San Joaquin
222 E. Weber Avenue, Room 359
Stockton, CA 95202
Phone: (209) 468-9641 (for ASL or Real Time Captioning requests only)
E-mail: tprovencio@courts.san-joaquin.ca.us

IMPORTANT CAUTION:

The Pro Per Clinic does not provide legal advice or represent you in court. There is no attorney-client relationship between you and Clinic staff. The Clinic does not take the place of an attorney.

The Family Law Facilitator, staff, and volunteers do provide information and educational materials as a public service. The Clinic provides skilled neutral persons who are available to both parties with valuable information regarding the legal procedures necessary to complete the court action.

The Family Law Pro Per Clinic CANNOT assist individuals with:

  • Complex cases or multiple contested issues. You are advised to seek the services of a private attorney in such situations. The Pro Per Clinic does not assist with contempts of court or QDRO's/ retirements.
  • Subpoenas

There may be an extended wait for services.

Please contact us if you have questions or comments about San Joaquin Superior Court.
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