Self-Help Resources

Presented below is a collection of resources for Self Represented Litigants - those who will be representing themselves in court or in other legal matters. Family Law help may be available at the Prince George’s Circuit Court's Walk-in Family Law Self-Help Center (Circuit Court room M2435).

Legal Help Videos

Don't know where to start with a legal issue? The Maryland Judiciary offers self-help videos about the most common legal matters, including whether or not to represent yourself

Online Resources


Maryland Laws and Rules of the Court

Official Maryland Judiciary Forms  - If you can't find a form to use, you'll need to create your own based on samples you find in the Law Library. See below for more information.

Maryland Courts Legal Self-Help - Call or chat online with an attorney about your Maryland civil case.

People’s Law Library - Hosted by the Thurgood Marshall State Law Library. Research legal topics, find a legal clinic or submit a legal question to a professional.


The Maryland Judiciary offers a limited amount of official forms for the District and Circuit courts. In the Circuit Court the collection of online forms is very small. Most filings must be created by an attorney or by the self-represented litigant. Court employees can only provide limited help with forms. Self-represented litigants must determine for themselves which forms they must file and what to write on them. Law Library staff cannot suggest forms and will assist patrons within the boundaries of the current law outlining the unauthorized practice of law.

Below are some of the most popular online forms for the Circuit Court from the Maryland Judiciary:

Affidavit of Service - Certified Mail or Private Process (PDF)

Answer to Complaint/Petition/Motion (PDF)

Blank Motion (PDF)

Motion for Continuance / Postponement (PDF)

Request for Order of Default (PDF)

Request for Waiver of Prepaid Costs (PDF)

Non-English Help - Online Resources for non-English speakers

Maryland Judiciary webpages in Spanish, French, Russian, Korean and Chinese

Maryland translated pages on People’s Law Library


Additional Resources

Community Legal Services of Prince George's County, Inc.

Limited Scope Representation Program from the Civil Justice Network

Maryland Legal Aid (Civil cases)

Maryland Public Defender's Prince George’s County Office (Criminal cases)

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (Civil cases)

Prince George’s County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Program

Women’s Law Center of Maryland  

Research Guides

Access information on various topics