Legal Services

For a list of other legal services in Santa Cruz County, click here.

Important Government Offices/Departments:

District Attorney: 701 Ocean Street, Room 200, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 | (831) 454-2400
8030 Soquel Ave, Suite 102; Santa Cruz, CA 95062 | (831) 479-5915
303 Water Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 | (831) 454-2150
Public Defender: (831) 426-2656
Superior Court: 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA


California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.
501 Soquel Avenue, Suite D, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 458-1089
21 Carr Street, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 724-2253

CRLA was founded in 1966 as a nonprofit legal services program. Our mission is to strive for economic justice and human rights on behalf of California’s rural poor. Today, CRLA has 21 offices, many in rural communities from the Mexican border to Northern California. Each year, we provide more than 40,000 low-income rural Californians with free legal assistance and a variety of community education and outreach programs. Half of our resources are committed to multi-client cases that grapple with the root causes of poverty. The impact of CRLA’s litigation has touched the lives of literally millions of low-income individuals, improving conditions for farm workers, new immigrants, single parents, school children, the elderly, people with disabilities, and entire communities. It has also been necessary to bring our advocacy to a national audience in order to maintain our ability to address the more political and controversial issues we find in rural communities.

Conflict Resolution Center
P.O. Box 187 , Soquel, CA 95073
(831) 475-6117

CRC offers public workshops and on-site training, mediation, facilitation, and consultation to individuals, small businesses and non-profits throughout Santa Cruz County. The Small Claims Mediation Program provides mediation as an alternative to court hearings – both on site at the Santa Cruz courthouse and at locations and times convenient for you. The Victim-Offender Dialogue Program facilitates meetings between juvenile offenders and the victims of their crimes. Through dialogue and realistic restitution plans, this program seeks to repair both physical and emotional damage. CRC does not offer legal advice.

Divorce Helpline
615 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Toll free: 1-800-359-7004

Divorce Helpline offers mediation, document handling, and more to avoid taking divorce cases to court. Their attorneys focus on resolving issues and guiding you to a fair settlement.

Immigration Project
406 Main St, Suite 217, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 724-5667

Provides immigration legal services including naturalization, appeals, waivers, information & referral and community education  & advocacy for persons legalizing under IRCA & related  immigration programs.

Lawyer Referral Service of Santa Cruz County
(831) 425-4755

If you do not have an attorney, the lawyer referral service of the Santa Cruz County Bar Association will refer you to an attorney for 35 dollars. You are entitled to a half hour consultation for free with that lawyer. After that, fees can be arranged between you and your attorney.

Superior Court of California County of Santa Cruz
Please visit this website for all forms needed. Also, the following business has registered with the court to sell state and local forms:

AAA Evans Parlegal
303 Water Street Suite 5, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 460-1940

Forms are also available on a self-help basis at:
Santa Cruz County Law Library
701 Ocean Street Room 070, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 457-2525
(Lower floor of governmental center, next to Traffic Court)

Superior Court of CA also offers a Self Help Center and Family Law Facilitator which helps people who need legal information but do not have lawyers. Click here or call (831) 454-2422 for more information.

Watsonville Law Center
315 Main Street, Suite 207, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 722-2845

The Watsonville Law Center (WLC) provides free legal services to low-income individuals. Serving a predominantly agricultural community, WLC focuses on addressing issues related to worker rights, consumer protection and barriers to employment. WLC delivers services primarily through advice clinics, one on one consultations, and occasionally through direct representation. Through its four projects, the Agricultural Workers’ Access to Health Project (AWAHP), the Barriers to Employment Project, the Economic Justice Project, and the Consumer Protection Project, WLC has assisted thousands of community members.

Watsonville Neighborhood Mediation Program
37 Davis Ave; Freedom, CA 95019
(831) 763-5678

This new program will help Watsonville residents peacefully address a wide range of neighborhood disputes including conflicts over noise, parking, pets, boundaries, aesthetics and landlord-tenant issues. The Program will offer:

  • Mediation Services: Residents now have a safe place to resolve nighborhood conflicts before they escalate and damage relationships, lead to costly litigation, or erupt in violence. Local people with advanced conflict resolution training from CRC will mediate the disputes.
  • Conflict Management Training: The Program will offer Watsonville residents training in the tools and skills they need to prevent and resolve their own disputes through respectful, proactive communication. These trainings will be tailored to the cultures and languages of the residents.

**Some information including mission statements and program details taken from providers’ websites**

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