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These organizations may provide assistance with some aspects of civil cases. Contact these organizations directly for more information about the services provided.

Sacramento County Public Law Library Civil Self-Help Center
609 9th Street, Sacramento 95814
The Sacramento County Public Law Library Civil Self-Help Center provides general information and basic assistance to self-represented litigants on a variety of civil legal issues. The Civil Self-Help Center provides assistance on Discovery through a class and hands-on lab:

Introduction to Written Discovery Class
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 1st & 3rd Thursday.

Come to understand what discovery is, how to answer questions you received by mail, and how you can use discovery yourself. Bring a USB flash drive to download sample forms.

Discovery Lab
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 2nd & 4th Thursday.

Work on your discovery requests or responses in this drop in computer lab. Bring your USB flash drive with your requests or responses. No entrance after 3:15 pm. Lab closes promptly at 3:30 pm.


The Judicial Council creates many of the forms needed for Discovery. For other situations, you may need to create your own forms and pleadings. Our Research Guides & Step by Steps have instructions and samples for many commonly-used forms.

Judicial Council Forms
These mandatory forms can be filled out online.


The Law Librarians have created these research guides as an aid for those starting a legal research project. These guides recommend print and electronic resources that will help you find answers to your law-related questions. Guides marked "Step-by-Step"  provide step-by-step information, as well as sample forms, for common legal procedures. 


Introduction to Discovery  (Videos are in MP4 format and compressed (.zip) for download.  Windows Media Player 12 or Apple Quicktime may be required to view videos.)

This series of videos will help you understand what discovery is, how to answer questions you received by mail, and how you can use discovery yourself.  Download the sample discovery packet prior to watching this video. The instructor refers to documents in the packet throughout the video, and it will be difficult to follow without the packet.

Part 1: Introduction (13:16)

Part 2: Propounding Requests for Admissions (12:06)

Part 3: Responding to Requests for Admissions (6:46)

Part 4: Propounding Form Interrogatories (23:49)

Part 5: Responding to Form Interrogatories (7:42)

Part 6: Propounding Special Interrogatories (7:50)

Part 7: Responding to Special Interrogatories (1:38)

Part 8: Propounding Requests for Production (11:10)

Part 9: Responding to Requests for Production (6:08)

Part 10: General Tips (7:15)

Part 11: Discovery Problems and Conclusion (14:56)