The court process can be very complicated. Representing yourself may take a
lot of time, may be difficult, and may be confusing. The Court will expect you
to follow the same rules attorneys must follow. If at any point throughout the
Court process you are not sure about representing yourself, you should talk to
Please remember that COURT STAFF CANNOT GIVE YOU LEGAL ADVICE. If you have a
question about what options you have or what you should do, you should talk to
an attorney. Just because you talk to an attorney does not necessarily mean
that you must hire that attorney to represent you. Ask the attorney if he/she
is willing to meet with you for a consultation to answer your questions without
having to hire that attorney for full representation. Also ask before you meet
with the attorney what fees, if any, are involved for the consultation.
Click here for a list of some things that court
staff can and cannot do for you.
If you would like to find out if you qualify for free legal assistance by one
of the legal service providers below, you can call the Legal Help Link at 1-888-225-0582. If you do qualify, the Legal Help Link will transfer your call to the
appropriate legal service provider.
By calling the same number, you can ask for the Lawyer Referral Service to schedule a 30-minute meeting with an
attorney for a reduced fee.
Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.
Provides civil legal services to members of our community who have low incomes,
who have disabilities, or who are age 60 and over.
New Castle County:302-575-0660
Kent County: 302-674-8500
Sussex County: 302-856-0038
Delaware Volunteer Legal Services (DVLS)
An organization of volunteer attorneys that provides legal assistance to
low-income clients with problems in a variety of civil areas. DVLS also
provides "The Legal Help Link," the centralized case intake service stated
above that assures that callers are referred to the appropriate legal service
organization or to a private attorney for assistance. They can be reached at 1-888-225-0582.
Legal Services Corporation of
Provides legal representation to Delaware's low-income population in civil
matters such as bankruptcy petitions and advice, consumer problems, housing
problems, and unemployment benefit problems.
New Castle County: 302-575-0408
Kent County: 302-734-8820
Limited Legal Assistance Program
Free 15 minutes of legal assistance. Volunteer
attorneys are meeting with eligible self-represented litigants for a one-time
fifteen-minute meeting. The attorney will not be meeting with the
self-represented litigant outside of the program. Nor will the attorney
represent the litigant in court.
There is no income eligibility
for this service. Instead, to be eligible, people seeking assistance must not
have received previous legal assistance regarding the same issue and their
question must be one that can be asked and answered within the fifteen-minute
timeframe. People using the service will be directed to legal service providers
and reference materials for further assistance.
Currently, the Limited Legal
Assistance Program is available at the Self-Help Center in the New Castle
County Courthouse, 2nd floor, 500 N. King Street, Wilmington, DE in the areas
CIVIL FAMILY LAW: MONDAYS from 11:00 a.m.
until 1:00 p.m.
This service is available by appointment or by walk-in, time permitting. TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT and to be screened for eligibility, visit
the Self-Help Center or contact Karen Antonelli at 302-255-2599.
This program is coordinated by the Administrative Office of
the Courts. Program sponsors include: the Delaware State Courts, the Delaware
State Bar Association, Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Inc., Community Legal
Aid Society, Inc., Legal Services Corporation of Delaware, Inc., Widener
University School of Law, and the Delaware Paralegal Association.
The Office of the Public Defender
Provides indigent defendants their constitutional rights in criminal cases.
The responsibility of the Public Defender is to represent every person arrested
or charged with a crime who cannot afford an attorney.
New Castle County: 302-577-5200
Kent County: 302-739-4476
Sussex County: 302-856-5310
Online, you may find a lawyer using services such as the Lawyer Locator in the Martindale Directory which provides access to the Law
Directory, or you can use another of their free services, Lawyer Directory from LexisNexis or the Personal Injury Lawyer Directory from Martindale.