Self-Help Resource Centers (SHRC)

A Self Help Resource Center is a place where you can find helpful information and services about your legal problem if you are not represented by an attorney. Legal information includes court forms and tools to help you complete court forms, answers to general questions about court process or procedure, and help preparing for your day in court.  The most common issues for people seeking to represent themselves 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.  Both the 24th Judicial District Court (JDC) in Gretna and the Orleans Civil District Court (CDC) have facilities for volunteers to assist with the completion of court approved forms.  Volunteers do not give legal advice, but assist visitors with access to legal forms, information, and referrals.  

If you would like more information on our Self-Help Resource Centers, call us at 504-581-4043.  Volunteers are needed!  Please call today to learn more.  

SHRC Locations

24th Judicial District Court (200 Derbigny Street Gretna, Louisiana 70053) - Second Floor, Suite 2100

Tuesday - 10:00 am – noon
Thursday - 10:00 am – noon

* Closed on legal holidays.  Visit the 24th JDC Clerk of Court site for holiday scheduling.  

Orleans Civil District Court (421 Loyola Ave #402, New Orleans, LA 70112) - Second Floor

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - 9 am - noon

* Closed on legal holidays.  Visit the Orleans Civil District Court site for holiday scheduling.

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