Advice from the Clerk’s Office

Clerk’s Office staff cannot give “legal advice” or “practice law” as they are prohibited under
Title 28 U.S.C. Section 955.  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 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
  • Provide information that can be found on a case docket