Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Most civil disputes are resolved without filing a lawsuit, and most civil lawsuits are resolved without a trial. The courts and others offer a variety of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes to help people resolve disputes without a trial. ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.
More information about ADR is also available on the California Courts website.
Name Change information is available online at California Courts Self-Help.
Domestic violence and restraining order information is available online at California Courts Self-Help.
An unlawful detainer is a lawsuit that a landlord files in court to evict a tenant. If the judge agrees with the landlord, the landlord can ask the Sheriff to physically remove the tenant from the rental unit.
Frequently asked questions about civil and family law.