Maryland Courts

District Court Self-Help Center

About the Center
  • NewRefer Court Users to the DCSHC
  • We offer assistance by phone, in person, or by online chat.
  • Phone:
    Assistance is available from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Call 410-260-1392
  • Walk-in Service:
    Mon. - Fri. from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    We do not take appointments.
    Location/Directions to the Center
  • Online Chat:
    Mon. - Fri. from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    See the Live Help button on this page.
  • Note that the court closes promptly at 4:30 pm. Please arrive at the Self-Help Center in time for the staff to assist you so that you have time to file any paperwork with the court.
The District Court Self-Help Center provides limited legal services for people who are not represented by an attorney. Limited legal services include help completing forms, answering questions about legal problems, and preparing for your day in court. If you need additional help, we may refer you to mediation, other legal organizations, or the private bar.

We are able to help with the following kinds of cases:

  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Small Claims (claims of $5,000 or less)
  • Consumer matters like car repossessions, debt collection and credit card cases
  • Return of property (replevin and detinue) cases
  • Domestic Violence/Peace Orders (if YWCA is unavailable)

More information is available on our Commonly Used Links page.

Contact the District Court Self-Help Center
for help with your civil case

We cannot assist with criminal or traffic cases.
For help with your traffic or criminal questions, see:
Traffic Cases
Criminal Cases