Self Help Center

Self Help Center FAQs

What is the Self Help Center?

The Clerk’s Self Help Center is designed to provide legal assistance to Orange County citizens who are representing themselves before the court and do not have a private attorney. It is the first of its kind in our community to help people who either don’t have a lawyer or cannot afford one.

Where is the Self Help Center located?

Orange County Courthouse
425 N. Orange Ave.
Room 340
Orlando, FL 32801

Apopka Service Center
1111 N. Rock Springs Rd.
Apopka, FL 32712

What services are offered at the Self Help Center?

The Self Help Center offers assistance to customers in completing court forms, filing documents electronically and providing access to contracted attorneys at an affordable price. Other services available at the Self Help Center are printing, copying, notary and general consultations.

What types of cases will the Self Help Center offer assistance with?

The Center focuses on assisting customers with Family Law (excluding injunctions), Small Claims, Landlord-Tenant and Eviction cases.

What is Family Law?

Family Law consists of alimony, child custody/visitation, child support, contempt, divorce, name change, paternity, step-parent adoption, support unconnected with dissolution of marriage and temporary custody.

How can I schedule an attorney consultation?

Attorney consultations are set by appointment and must be for a minimum of 15 minutes, charged at $1.00 a minute. Consultations may not exceed more than one hour at one time within a day. You will need a credit card in order to schedule the consultation online.

How do I schedule an appointment without access to the internet?

If you do not have access to a computer or smart device at home, you can come to the Self Help Center's two locations to schedule an appointment in person or use a customer computer in room 340.

How can I schedule an attorney consultation without a credit card?

Come in to the Self Help Center and make an appointment with a deputy clerk at the front counter.

What if I am unable to schedule an appointment due to a disability?

You may call the Ninth Circuit Court's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) line at (407) 836-2303 to leave a message for further assistance.

When is the Self Help Center open?

The Self Help Center is open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Courthouse, and Tuesdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Apopka Service Center.

Are there income restrictions to receive services?

No. Services provided at the Self Help Center are not based on your income.

What is the Self Help Center's phone number?

You can contact the Self Help Center by calling 407-836-6300 for the Courthouse or 407-836-2007 for the Apopka location.