Information the Clerk's Office Can/Cannot Provide

Please be advised that Clerk's Office staff are prohibited by law from offering legal advice.  They are, however, permitted to answer questions regarding procedure and how to access legal forms and reference resources.  Listed below is a guide to what information the staff of the Clerk's Office can and cannot provide: 

 

Information the Clerk's Office Can Provide:

  • Information regarding Court policies and procedures
  • Information from your case docket and how to obtain information from a public computer terminal located in the Clerk's Office.
  • Court forms and court schedules
  • Information on how to access the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Local Rules of the Court, and other legal resources

 

Information the Clerk's Office Cannot Provide:

  • Legal advice
  • Guidance on whether or not you should file a case or other pleadings
  • Instruction on what to write in court documents and what to say in court proceedings
  • Interpretation of court orders
  • Computation of deadlines in your case
  • Direct communication with the assigned Judge on your behalf
  • Direction on what to do next in your case