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.