What Court Employees Can and Cannot Do

Authored By: Texas Office of Court Administration


What Court Clerks and Personnel Can and Cannot Do


Court Clerks will:

Check your papers for completeness. This means they will check for signatures, notarization, correct county name, correct case number, and attachments.

Court Clerks can:

  • 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.


Court Clerks cannot:

  • 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.



Last Review and Update: Dec 10, 2010