Schedule an appointment with a local lawyer to discuss the matter of the local law clerk. Different judges use their clerks differently. Also, check the court rules of the judge you are in front of. You should be represented by counsel, you are over your head in this case.
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Your question is too complicated to answer. If you have a particular judge's clerk in mind, consult with an attorney ( for a fixed fee) who regularly practices in that court for guidance if you don't want to or can't afford an attorney to handle your matter.
12 questions? Are you for real? I will answer one of them for you: The judge absolutely positively is never ever never ever going to speak with you informally outside of the courtroom or his/her chambers and while observing the formalities of the judicial process. If you think there is any chance of that happening whatsoever, then you are sadly mistaken.
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A law clerk is an attorney. Works for the judge. Paid by the jurisdiction. Frequently a recent kaw school grad they generally wield significant influence with the court. If you've run afoul of the clerk for the judge handling your case, that could be 'ungood' for you. I advise contrition. Hire yourself an attorney b/c if you don't understand the clerks' role you are in deep kimchi.
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