Legal aid services now offered in Truckee court |

Legal aid services now offered in Truckee court

The Nevada County Superior Court has established a Public Law Center to improve access to justice for all members of the community, and is now expanding to offer free self-help legal services to the Truckee community.

Most of the free self-help legal services provided at the Main Courthouse in Nevada City will now also be offered at the Truckee Courthouse.

Initially these services will be provided on the second and fourth Monday of each month. The program began July 16, and will next be offered July 30.

The legal self-help center provides information to individuals who are not represented by an attorney and who may have to navigate through court procedures on legal issues such as adoption, conservatorship, guardianship, name changes, unlawful detainment, traffic, appeals, civil harassment, neighbor disputes, jury service and other infractions.

The center provides self-help information to the public in the form of books, brochures, online research, online links to other courts, computer forms, videos, forms packets with instructions and lists of alternate community resources.

The center is located on the first floor of the Nevada County Courthouse in Nevada City, adjacent to the Law Library.

This initial expansion of service is intended to measure the demand for self-help legal services by the residents of eastern Nevada and Sierra counties.

Should this initial provisional program reveal that strong demand for services exists, the court will look to meet this demand on a permanent basis.

This expansion of services provided by the Public Law Center is made possible in partly a grant recently obtained through the Judicial Council of California.

The Public Law Center does not currently assist people with family law issues; however, by January 2002, the Court’s Family Law Facilitator’s Office will be expanding its child, family and spousal support services to assist with all issues of family law including custody. For more information, contact the Family Law Facilitator, Gretchen Serrata, at (530) 470-2567.

The Public Law Center is looking for individuals who would be interested in providing Spanish language translation assistance on a volunteer basis.

For more information, please call the Public Law Center at (530) 470-2594, or via e-mail at kent.vanderschuit@co.nevada.

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