Maryland Courts


The Maryland Courts Self-Help Center (phone and chat) will be closed between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 24. District Court Self-Help Resource Centers (walk-in) will close at noon on Friday, February 24.
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SELF-HELP CENTERS

Self-Help Centers provide FREE limited legal help in civil Civil cases are usually private disputes between parties. John Smith vs. Jane Smith Landlord/tenant, small claims, foreclosure, divorce and custody are examples of civil cases. cases for people who do not have a lawyer. In Maryland you can get help by phone, chat, or in-person.

Self-Help Center MARYLAND COURTS SELF-HELP CENTER

PhonePHONE 410-260-1392 or CHAT Chat

Sefl-Help Center District Court Self-Help Centers

Person WalkingLocations in Glen Burnie, Salisbury and Upper Marlboro


Self-Help CenterFamily Law Self-Help Centers

Person WalkingWalk-in assistance in most Circuit Courts

 

IMPORTANT:
Self-Help Center lawyers will not represent you in court.

This service is provided to help you represent yourself.

Self-Help Center lawyers may help you:

  • Complete court forms
  • Learn how to file court documents
  • Prepare for court
  • Prepare for mediation
  • Understand court documents
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Three types of Self-Help Centers in Maryland:

Maryland Courts Self-Help Center
Call 410-260-1392 or click to chat with a lawyer
8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday-Friday

The Maryland Courts Self-Help Center provides free limited legal services for people who are not represented by a lawyer and who are:

  • The person with the legal problem. We cannot help relatives or agents of the person with the legal problem or other third parties.
  • Not acting on behalf of a business or estate. We cannot help businesses, including sole proprietorships, LLCs, and personal representatives.

Lawyers will answer questions on a full range of civil case types handled by both Circuit Courts and District Court. Legal issues include:

  • Landlord and Tenant Matters
  • Family Law Matters (divorce, custody, child support, and guardianship)
  • Small Claims ($5,000 or less) and Large (more than $5,000) Claims
  • Expungement and Shielding of Records
  • Consumer Matters (car repossessions, debt collection, and credit card cases)
  • Return of Property (replevin and detinue)
  • Domestic Violence/Peace Orders
  • Foreclosure

District Court Self-Help Centers
Walk-in legal help in Glen Burnie, Salisbury and Upper Marlboro - Directions
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

The District Court Self-Help Centers provide free limited legal services in civil cases for people who are not represented by a lawyer and who are:

  • The person with the legal problem. We cannot help relatives or agents of the person with the legal problem or other third parties.
  • Not acting on behalf of a business or estate. We cannot help businesses, including sole proprietorships, LLCs, and personal representatives.

Lawyers at the Centers located in Upper Marlboro and Glen Burnie may help with:

  • Landlord/Tenant Cases
  • Small Claims ($5,000 or less) and Large Claims (up to $30,000)
  • Consumer Matters (car repossessions, debt collection, credit card cases)
  • Return of Property (replevin and detinue) Cases
  • Domestic Violence/Peace Orders

Family Law Self-Help Centers
Walk-in assistance in most Circuit Courts

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These Centers may operate under a name other than Self-Help Center, such as “family law legal clinic” or “pro se assistance". They all provide similar services.

Lawyers at these Centers provide help in:

  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Child Support
  • Domestic Violence (protective orders)
  • Name Change
  • Other Family Law Case Types

Last updated: May 2016