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What Court Clerks and Court 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.
  •     Uusually 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.


More Information from Texas Court Help

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