PLEASE NOTE: The Court Assistance Office CANNOT provide assistance with Court Scheduling, Criminal Cases, or Court Records. For these matters please call your County Clerk at the number provided here.
The Court Assistance Office helps non-lawyers to represent themselves in certain simple civil (NOT criminal) cases. We can explain court processes, provide you with forms, and review forms with you after you have filled them out. We can also do child support calculations for you. For more information about us and our services, click here.
Our services are designed for uncontested cases. If you are likely to need the judge to settle differences between you and the other party, then we strongly recommend you speak with a lawyer.
You can contact us at:
605 North Capital Street
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Phone:(208) 589-9872 -- Please leave a voicemail or text message.
We try our best to return your message on the same business day, and in the order received.
Written forms and instructions to pursue your case can be purchased at any of the courthouses in the district, or they can be downloaded free at https://courtselfhelp.idaho.gov/.
The Court Assistance Office has a workshop each Thursday evening over Zoom to help you begin your family law case. The fee for that workshop is $10.
Please register with the Court Assistance Office using the form. Download the form above.
The above fee includes the class itself, your copies, and 1 on 1 meetings with the Court Assistance Officer. Other fees (filing, service of process, Focus on Children class) will likely be necessary to complete your case.
The Seventh Judicial District includes 10 different counties, and the Court Assistance Officer helps people in each of these 10 counties. However, due to the pandemic he is currently helping people in those counties by telephone, email, or using Zoom videoconferencing. Please contact us using the information above to make arrangements if you wish to meet with him.
The Court Assistance Officer does not represent parties or any of their interests. While we do our best to maintain confidentiality with each patron, there is no attorney-client relationship and thus we cannot guarantee confidentiality. The Court Assistance Officer may other people opposed to you in your case. The Court Assistance Officer can only give information not interpretations of laws or strategies for any case. If seeking representation, a confidential consultation, or legal advice, you should consult with a private attorney.
WARNING: Talk to An Attorney, If Possible
The materials and assistance you receive at the Court Assistance Office are not a substitute for legal advice. The laws and court rules are complex. Following instructions and using Court Assistance forms will not guarantee a favorable result. It is always advisable to talk to a lawyer about your problem before proceeding on your own.
If you cannot afford to hire an attorney to represent you, you may be able to pay a lawyer to give you advice and review your paperwork for a lesser cost. Contact the Idaho State Bar Lawyer Referral Service (208-334-4500) or https://isb.idaho.gov/lawyer-referral-service/) for the name of an attorney in your area who will provide an initial consultation for no more than $35. Even if you do not hire a lawyer to represent you throughout the proceeding, a lawyer can look over your paperwork, give you advice on how to present your evidence, and tell you whether this type of action is right for you.