Representing Yourself in Court

It is always best to have an attorney representing you in court. If you do not have an attorney to represent yourself in court, you may wish to consult with the following resources for legal information. 
Court Guide - This is a short guide to help you understand basic court rules and procedures.
 

The Self-Help Resource Center

The Self-Help Resource Center (SHRC) is open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the Fourth Floor of the Nineteenth Judicial District Courthouse, located at 300 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Volunteer attorneys and law students staff the SHRC and provide a number of services to self-represented litigants including assistance with court forms, access to case information, and answers to general questions about the legal system. Thanks to the service and support of the volunteer staff,  the Louisiana State Bar Association awarded the SHRC the 2013 Friend of Pro Bono Award given by the Louisiana State Bar Association.

The SHRC volunteers provide legal information, but cannot provide legal representation in court or legal advice. 
 

Other Resources for Representation

If you need legal advice, the following resources are available in the Baton Rouge area:

THIRST FOR JUSTICE CLINICS are open from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the St. Vincent de Paul Center off of Florida Boulevard, located at 220 St. Vincent de Paul Place. 

ASK A LAWYER CLINICS are held on 3 days every month at various lacations in the Baton Rouge area. For more information call 225-344-4803 or vist the Baton Rouge Bar Association website at www.brba.org

THE LOUIS A. MARTINET LEGAL SOCIETY hoses a clinic from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays at the Leo S. Butler Center, located at 950 E. Washington Street. For more information, call 225-389-4860.

SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA LEGAL SERVICES may provide legal representation in certain cases or may provide a pro bono lawyer referral if you qualify. For more information, call 225-448-0080. 
 

Forms for East Baton Rouge Family Court

The following form packets are available for use in The Family Court of East Baton Rouge Parish. Each of the form packets provided below have a set of instructions that go with the forms. When using these forms, make sure that you read and follow the instructions carefully. 

If you have questions or need assistance filling out the forms, please visit the SHRC in person. The forms offered by the SHRC may not be applicable to your situation. If you use the forms provided, it is important that you understand the legal burden necessary to obtain relief you are seeking. If you do not state a valid cause of action, your pleading may dismissed at your cost. If you have legal questions, you may consult with an attorney.

No Fault Divorce Forms
  • 103 Divorce Process Chart  - A guide on the steps to obtaining a divorce.
  • Instructions for 103 (1) Divorce - These instructions are for a divorce based on living separate and apart for the required amount of time under the law, depending on if you have children with your spouse.
  • 103 (1) Divorce (no minors) Forms - These forms are for a divorce based on living separate and apart for 180 days if you have no children under the age of 18 with your spouse.
  • 103 (1) Divorce (with minors) Forms - These forms are for a divorce based on living separate and apart for 365 days if you have children under the age of 18 with your spouse.
Domestic Violence Divorce Forms
  • 103 Divorce Process Chart  - A guide on the steps to obtaining a divorce.
  • Instructions for 103 (5) Divorce - These instructions are for a divorce based on a domestic violence protective order or an injunction.
  • 103 (5) Divorce Forms - These forms are for a divorce based on the fact that a protective order or an injunction has been issued against your spouse to protect you or your child from abuse. 
Child Support Modification Forms
Custody Forms
Emergency Custody Forms
Contempt Forms
  • Instructions for Contempt - These instructions are to allege that someone is not complying with a custody order issued by the court. 
  • Contempt Forms - These forms are used to allege that someone is not complying with a custody order issued by the court.
Miscellaneous Forms
  • Motion to Reset - This form is used to reset matters on the Court's docket. 
  • Long Arm Process Chart  - A guide on the steps to obtaining service on out of state defendants.
  • Long Arm Affidavit - This form is required when using long arm service for out of state defendants.
  • Instructions for Pauper Form  - These instructions are for the in forma pauperis form that allows you to file pleadings without prepaying court costs.