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May I Help You? Legal Advice vs. Legal Information: A Resource Guide for Court Clerks

Judicial Council of California
Sunday, June 13, 2004

The Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts and the Access and Fairness Advisory Committee drafted a guide for court personnel and a reference poster for self-help litigants, in order to explain the difference between legal information and legal advice.

The guide, “May I help you? Legal Advice vs. Legal Information: A Resource Guide for Court Clerks” is written for court employees that may interact with pro se litigants. It clarifies the difference between legal information and legal advice. It provides specific guidance related to court procedures, case files, court appearances, and referrals.

The reference poster is designed for pro se litigants. It contains a simple list of services that court employees can and cannot provide, so that litigants understand the limitations on the services that they can receive. 

Contact Information: 

Bonnie Hough
Bonnie.hough@jud.ca.gov

Supervising Attorney
Judicial Council of California - Administrative Office of the Courts