Self Help Center

The Clerk's Self Help Center

Self Help Center

Named in honor of the late Orange County Clerk of Courts Lydia Gardner, the Self Help Center was created to provide customers with limited legal guidance and low-cost attorney consultations. The Center is the first of its kind in the Orange County Community to help citizens who either don’t have a lawyer or cannot afford one.

The Self Help Center now has two locations to serve you. Our downtown courthouse location is open Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Our Apopka branch is open one day a week on Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m starting October 17, 2017.

The Self Help Center will assist only with the following case types:
  • Family Law (excluding restraining orders)
    • Child Custody/Child Support    
    • Divorce    
    • Paternity    
    • And more
  • Small Claims
  • Residential Evictions

 Services include:
  • Attorney consultations
  • Form completion assistance
  • Notary and copy services

The services provided are not based on income.

Location and Hours


Orange County Courthouse
425 North Orange Ave.
Suite 340 (3rd floor)
Orlando, FL 32801
Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Apopka Service Center
1111 N. Rock Springs Rd.
Apopka, FL 32712
Hours of Operation (Starting October 17, 2017): Tuesdays, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Attorney Consultations

Attorney consultations are available and may be scheduled in 15-minute sessions, for up to 1 hour per day, per person. The cost for an attorney consultation is $1 per minute.

All attorneys are referred by the Orange County Bar Association in collaboration with the Clerk’s Office. Note, the attorneys that provide legal assistance at the Self Help Center cannot represent you in court.

Attorney consultation fees must be paid at the time the appointment is scheduled. Refunds will not be issued for cancelled or missed appointments – no exceptions. Once set, appointment times may not be changed. Attorney consultation appointments cannot be made nor conducted by telephone.