Legal Help Center to Offer Affordable Assistance
“Whether you need to file an eviction, divorce or small claims action, the Self-Service Center will provide you with guided steps on how to proceed with the paperwork,” said Joseph E. Smith, St. Lucie County Clerk of the Circuit Court. “Each packet will come complete with step-by-step instructions.”
Customers can also get packets for child support, name changes, child custody, replevins, and other family and civil court cases.
The court form packets range from $5 to $30 depending on the size. Packets to petition an injunction against domestic violence are free. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted.
The center will be equipped with multiple computers with free Internet access to allow the public to conduct research. Customers will also be able to have their documents copied or faxed for a small charge.
While the Clerk’s office is prohibited from providing legal advice, representatives at the Self-Service Center will be able to answer many court-related questions and refer customers to community resources.
“By connecting people who wish to represent themselves with local resources and assistance, we expect to reduce the number of cases that need to be re-filed due to mistakes in the paperwork,” Clerk Smith said. “These services are perfect for those who aren’t familiar with the court system and need some guidance.”
The packets will be made available online by mid-November.
The Self-Service Center will be located on the fourth floor of the Clerk’s main office at 201 S. Indian River Drive in downtown Fort Pierce. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding legal and court holidays.
For more information about the Clerk’s Self-Service Center, call 772-462-6900 http://www.stlucieclerk.com.