- The general counsel is the personal lawyer to the justices for official administrative matters of the court, not involving a case or controversy.
- The general counsel may respond, orally or in writing, to one or all members of the court.
- There exists an attorney-client privilege between the general counsel and the justices. The advice sought by and given to the court members is confidential and is not made public.
- The general counsel does not file an appearance in litigation when the court is a party; however, the general counsel may offer advice to the court in selecting outside counsel to represent the court. The general counsel may also give advice to the outside counsel representing the court.
- The general counsel may bring to the attention of the justices, matters of administration, personnel, or potential litigation that may eventually involve the Supreme Court, the Commonwealth Court or the Common Pleas Court of the individual counties.
- The general counsel may advise individual justices regarding their own conduct in running for election in those states where the justices must run for election or retention.
- The general counsel may advise the court regarding public statements to be made by the court regarding matters before the court or matters between the court, the Legislature, the attorney general or the governor.