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Court Clerks are not permitted to give legal advice. Anyone in need of legal advice must contact an attorney.
Clerks are often asked by defendant, victims, attorneys, the news media, and other court users for advice as to how the court works. The Clerk has an important role in explaining procedures, but must be careful not to give legal advice. Giving legal advice is prohibited as the unauthorized practice of law and may subject the Clerk to criminal charges or liability. The Clerk is only allowed to explain court procedures and advice patrons of their options.