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Legal Advice

In accordance with the provisions of Title 28 U.S.C. § 955, Clerk's Office staff are prohibited from giving legal advice or engaging in the practice of law. Therefore, Clerk's Office personnel cannot:
  • Explain the meaning of a specific rule
  • Make an interpretation of case law
  • Explain the result of taking or not taking an action in a case
  • Answer whether jurisdiction is proper in a case
  • Answer whether a complaint properly presents a claim
  • Provide advice on the best procedure to accomplish a particular objective
Clerk's Office staff can provide procedural information such as:
  • Instructions on how to execute a task (e.g. number of copies, use of forms, etc.)
  • Provide information as to compliance with this Court's policies