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Welcome:


The 28th District Court serves the community of Southgate, Michigan. This is your 24/7 information resource for the types of cases the court handles and court programs.

 


COURT EMPLOYEES
CAN’T PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE

THIS IS WHY:

Impartiality:  Court employees have an “absolute duty of impartiality”.  A court employee can never give advice or information for the purpose of favoring one court user over another.

Neutrality:  Court employees must remain neutral and cannot make judgments about what is in a litigant’s best interest - only the litigant and his/her lawyer may do so.  A court employee should not advise court users as to which remedies to seek or whether to avail themselves of a particular procedure or alternative.

Unauthorized practice of law:  Every state has laws prohibiting the unauthorized practice of law.  Only attorneys licensed by the state are permitted to practice law and give legal advice.  Even if a court employee is an attorney, he/she still cannot provide legal advice because it would violate the concepts of impartiality and neutrality outlined above.



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