The Self-Help Resource Center 

The number of individuals who represent themselves (pro se litigants) in Louisiana creates significant administrative challenges for local courts in trying to ensure that these individuals understand and can access the justice system.

In an effort to address these issues, the LSBA Access to Justice Program, in partnership with Clerk of Court Dale Atkins, Orleans Civil District Court (CDC) Division "A" Judge Tiffany Chase, the Louisiana Civil Justice Center, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, and The Pro Bono Project, implemented a Self-Help Resource Center (SHRC) for pro se litigants at the Orleans Civil District Court (CDC).

Who is this resource available to? 

The Self-Help Resource Center (SHRC) at Civil District Court provides an option for people with family law questions who may exceed the financial threshold to become a client of The Pro Bono Project, yet are financially unable to retain the services of a private lawyer.

Volunteers assist visitors by providing them with access to legal forms, information, and referrals. Volunteers DO NOT provide legal advice.

This resource is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Closed on holidays.

For more information in Orleans Parish, please contact the CDC at 504.407.0000 or

Jefferson Parish

The 24th Judicial District Court, in conjunction with the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Civil Justice Center, has now launched a new self-help desk for individuals with domestic legal issues in Jefferson Parish.

The 24th JDC Self-Help Resource Center is open in the Judicial Administration Conference Room, 2nd floor of the 24th JDC, 200 Derbigny St., Gretna. The Center is staffed by LCJC attorneys and lawyer volunteers from the Jefferson Bar Association.

The Center is open to the public from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For more information about the services provided, contact the 24th JDC at 504.364.3998.

Why seek help? 

The most common issues for which people seek help are:

  • Divorces
  • Domestic issues, including protective orders
  • Custody, visitation, and child support

While litigants are encouraged to have a lawyer represent them, financial limitations prevent many from securing counsel. Importantly, SHRC volunteers do not give legal advice, but assist visitors by providing them with access to legal forms, information, and referrals.