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  • What types of advice can the Clerk's Office personnel give? New Hampshire

    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 procedural 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
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