Pro Se Centers
Pro Se Centers
What are Pro Se Centers?
Pro Se Centers offer general information about the court system and of certain judicial proceedings to those who are interested in representing themselves in court. The orientation officers who provide services at the Pro Se Centers are not attorneys, so they cannot offer legal advice. The information and assistance provided does not replace the professional services of an attorney.
What services are offered at Pro Se Centers?
Services provided at the Pro Se Centers are free and may be offered to all parties since no attorney-client relationship is established. Some of the services offered are:
- provide general information and forms
- provide instructions for filling out the forms
- make sure that all parts of the forms to be filed with the Clerk of the Court are answered and completed
- refer individuals to government agencies and non-governmental organizations for other services, when necessary
- when circumstances so warrant, refer individuals to entities that provide free legal services
What services are not offered at Pro Se Centers?
The following services are not offered at the Pro Se Centers:
- legal advice or counseling
- drafting of legal documents
- providing information about specific cases
- legal representation
- reviewing forms to validate its contents
How can services be obtained from Pro Se Centers and where are they located?
Orientation to self-represented litigants is offered over the phone, by videoconference, or in person.
To receive services over the phone or to set up a meeting by videoconference, you may call the Judicial Branch Information Line at (787) 641-6263 and select the support option for self-represented litigants. You may also contact the Judicial Region corresponding to your place of residence, or the nearest one, by email. In the body of your email, please include your name, telephone number, email address, municipality of residence, a brief description of the orientation you are requesting, and if you are interested in receiving orientation by videoconference. The email addresses are:
- Aibonito: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aguadilla: email@example.com
- Arecibo: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bayamón: email@example.com
- Caguas: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carolina: email@example.com
- Fajardo: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Guayama: email@example.com
- Humacao: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mayagüez: email@example.com
- Ponce: firstname.lastname@example.org
- San Juan: email@example.com
- Utuado: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in visiting a Pro Se Center, these are located in the Judicial Centers of Aguadilla, Bayamón, Caguas, Carolina, Fajardo, Humacao, Mayagüez, Ponce, and Utuado, and in the Court of First Instance, Family and Minors Court in Bayamón. Individuals will be received on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments are not made to receive services personally at our centers.
When are services offered?
The Pro Se Centers are open to the public from Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where can I get more information?
The Pro Se Centers are part of the Self- Represented Litigant Access Program, attached to the Directorate of Judicial Programs of the Office of Court Administration. For more information, you can call the Judicial Branch Information Line at (787) 641-6263, and select the support option for self-represented litigants. You may also contact the nearest Pro Se Center or call (787) 641-6600 extensions 5709 and 5726.
Where are they located?
Pro Se Centers are located in the Judicial Centers of Aguadilla, Bayamón, Caguas, Carolina, Fajardo, Humacao, Mayagüez, Ponce, Utuado, and in the Court of First Instance, Family and Minors Court in Bayamón. If the Judicial Region in which you live does not have a Pro Se Center, you may call any of the Pro Se Centers listed to receive orientation over the phone. You forms are available on the Judicial Branch website or at the office of the clerk of the court in all judicial centers.