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Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties

Legal Advice Guidelines


Court Personnel are prohibited from giving legal advice. If you require legal advice, you should contact an attorney.


Court staff can:

  • Provide legal and procedural definitions
  • Cite statutes, court rules and ordinances
  • Provide public case information
  • Provide general information on court operations
  • Provide procedural options
  • Make general referrals
  • Provide forms and instructions


Court staff cannot:

  • Give legal interpretations or procedural advice
  • Conduct legal research
  • Disclose confidential case information
  • Disclose confidential, ex parte or restricted information on court operations
  • Give personal opinions
  • Make subjective or biased referrals
  • Complete forms for parties


If you are in need of legal advice, you may contact the New York State Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service at 800-342-3661.


9th Judicial District