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 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


Location
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.



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.