Access to Justice Center Now Open

After several weeks of work and planning by Indian River County Clerk of Court Ryan Butler, Circuit Judge Cynthia Cox, and various Court Administration staff as well as members of the United Way and John’s Island Community Service League, a self-help center is now open located in the Indian River County Courthouse.

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The Jeffrey R. Smith Access to Justice Self Help Center is officially open! At the Center, pro se litigants with Civil or Family cases will be able to receive help navigating the legal process. Services will include assistance in completing legal paperwork, scheduling hearings, attorney consultations for $1.00 per minute, and more. An online kiosk is available at for those who would like to access services from their own device.


The Center currently has two locations:


Indian River County Courthouse

2000 16th Ave

Vero Beach, FL 32960

The Center is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30am to 4:30 pm


UP Center

1400 27th Street

Vero Beach, FL 32960

The Center is open Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


Appointments to speak with attorneys are currently being scheduled. The first appointment for a Family attorney will be on October 5th and the first appointment for a Civil attorney will be on October 11th. The cost is $1.00 per minute with a minimum of 15 minutes and a maximum of 60 minutes. To schedule an appointment with an attorney, visit the online kiosk at


Funding for this program was made possible by the United Way and the John’s Island Community Service League.