What Court Clerks Can Do
- Check your papers for completeness. This means they will check for signatures, notarization, correct county name, correct case number, and attachments.Explain and answer questions about how the court works.
- Give you the phone number of the local lawyer referral service, legal services program, Texas State Bar lawyer referral service, and other services where legal information is available.
- Give general information about court rules, procedures, and practices.
- Provide court schedules and information on how to get a case scheduled.
- Give you information from your case file.
- Give you samples of court forms that are available.
- Usually answer questions about court deadlines.
What Court Clerks Cannot Do
- Tell you whether or not you should bring your case to court.
- Tell you what words to use in your court papers.
- Recommend what to say in court.
- Give an opinion about what will happen if you bring your case to court.
- Talk to the judge for you or let you talk to the judge in private.
- Change an order signed by a judge.
- Tell you what deadlines apply in your case.
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