Maryland Courts Self-Help Center

Free legal help with your civil matter




8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday


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

Who can we help?  An individual with a legal problem. We cannot help relatives or agents of the person with the legal problem as well as businesses, including sole proprietorships, LLCs, third parties, and personal representatives.

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

This service is provided to help you represent yourself.

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 and Large 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

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


Last updated: January 2017