Self-Help Center


To promote public access to the courts, the Minnesota Judicial Branch installed public access computer workstations in most courthouses. These workstations provide access to the Virtual Self-Help Center.

The service provides:

  • Court forms
  • Lawyer referral resources
  • Legal information
  • Tutorials and videos on various legal actions, including, but not limited to:
    • Divorce
    • Child support
    • Child custody
    • Landlord-tenant disputes
    • Car title issues


The courthouse workstations include a printer and a phone that connects the user to a court support person. Phone calls are answered by court employees who are not able to give legal advice, but can assist callers with general questions about court forms, procedures, and legal resources.

Bilingual staff are available to provide services in Spanish and German, as well.

Legal Clinic

In partnership with Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota, Clay County is offering free help in completing pro se (for yourself) court forms.  An attorney is available - no appointment necessary - to assist on Thursdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  Criminal cases do not apply.