ST. PAUL - More and more people are deciding to represent themselves in court without a lawyer.

To address this growing trend, the Sherburne and Wright County courthouses will soon be offering free self-help legal services.

The Minnesota Judicial Branch says they're seeing an increase in people trying to navigate the legal system without an attorney. Last year, a self-help center opened in the Anoka County Courthouse to provide free help. In just its first nine months, staff provided help to self-represented litigants on nearly 2,000 legal matters.

The Sherburne County Courthouse in Elk River will be offering legal self-help services every Tuesday, starting July 5th. The Wright County Courthouse in Buffalo will also offer free help every Friday, starting on July 8th. Staff will be available at both locations on a first-come first serve basis from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Self help staff can help you with filling out court forms and can give information on court rules and policy.