The primary responsibility of court clerks in this or any other court, is to keep careful records of the court's business and proceedings. Clerks are often asked by defendants, victims, attorneys, the news media, and other court users for advice as to how the court works. The clerk has an important role in explaining procedures, but must be careful not to give legal advice.
Giving legal advice is prohibited as the unauthorized practice of law and may subject the clerk to criminal charges or liability. The clerk is only allowed to explain court procedures and advise patrons of their options.