Legal counsel, office of Summary

  • Last updated on November 11, 2022

Nonstatutory unit of the Supreme Court consisting of two attorneys who perform a largely administrative function.

The office of legal counsel, created in 1972, is a legal office within the administration of the Supreme Court. The office is staffed by two attorneys. Their duties are primarily to help the Court deal with procedural questions concerning writs of certiorari and petitions for extraordinary relief and to act as general counsel for the Court. For petitions on extraordinary relief as well as original jurisdiction cases, the attorneys conduct preliminary research, analyze the results, and advise the Court. The office also works on special projects at the request of the chief justice and sometimes aids individual justices with their circuit work. Although the duties of the attorneys in the office of legal counsel somewhat resemble those of the law clerks, the attorneys typically serve longer periods of time.

Certiorari, writ of

Clerk of the Court

Staff of the Court

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