California Rules of Court provide for the utilization of forms, where applicable, adopted by the Judicial Council of California. Review California Rules of Court Rule 1.31(a) et. seq. and Appendix A of the California Rules of Court to determine if your issue requires the use of a Judicial Council form. Other motions are prepared from forms manuals and are written on pleading paper, which is a 28-line paper formatted with double spacing. Go to the Pleading Paper Template page for a sample and more information.
It is always advisable to consult your Local Rules of Court, in conjunction with the California Rules of Court when determining the proper method of filing. The Local Rules of Court for San Joaquin County can be found on our Find the Law page. The links below will assist the user in locating forms. If you are unsure of how to complete forms, please review the California Courts Self-Help guide on fillable forms, available below.
Local and State Forms
- All Federal Forms
- Bankruptcy Forms
- Bureau of Land Management eForms
- Federal Civil Forms
- Federal Criminal Forms
Form Assistance for Self-Litigants
LawHelp Interactive provides an easy way to fill out all of your court forms by answering a series of questions. Their programs cover areas mostly in family law, but also have options for unlawful detainer (eviction), restraining orders, and name changes. To access the programs and learn more about LawHelp Interactive go to:
The Sacramento County Public Law Library and the San Diego Law Library have helpful guides that provide further help for those who are representing themselves. If guides from other counties are used, ensure that you are double-checking with the local rules and forms because there may be slight differences.