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2007 Legal Advice v. Legal Information (CA, M/S, C)

Training Description:

Every day a law librarian or an employee in every court in every state is bombarded with questions about courts, procedures, judges and cases. Most court employees and law librarians have been told they cannot give legal advice when answering questions. Many courts and law libraries have posted signs informing the public that court employees and law librarians are not allowed to give legal advice. And probably every law librarian and employee in every court in every state has, at one time or another, repeated the phrase, "I'm sorry. I'm not allowed to give legal advice."

Do you know what information can be provided and what information would be considered legal advice? If you don't know the answers, don't worry because you are not alone. Law librarians and employees in courts across the country have questions about what is and isn't legal advice.

This training is designed to help court employees and law librarians understand the types of information they can provide. It is specifically designed for law librarians and court support staff who provide telephone and counter assistance as a major part of their job duties.

This training will cover three areas:

  • The reasons court employees and law librarians cannot provide legal advice;
  • Guidelines for determining what is and is not legal advice; and
  • Commonly asked questions

Video: To watch click here.

Supplemental Materials:
Legal Advice v. Legal Information - Do YOU know the difference? Handbook
May I help you? Legal Advice v. Legal Information Resource Guide

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