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Deputy Court Clerk


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Deputy Court Clerk - Career Overview:

Deputy court clerks, also known as assistant court clerks, perform a variety of administrative duties in the city, county, state and federal court systems. They also provide customer service to the public, judicial officers, attorneys and staff.

With experience and education, deputy court clerks can advance to the position of court clerk and chief court clerk.


Typical deputy court clerk duties include some or all of the following tasks:

  • Assisting and responding to inquiries from attorneys, judicial officers, the law enforcement community and the general public;
  • Preparing, reviewing and processing legal documents, correspondence, motions and orders;
  • Completing court-related forms such as petitions and warrants;
  • Collecting fines, fees and bond payments;
  • Preparing the dockets of scheduled cases;
  • Recording documentation of name changes, marriage licenses, business licenses and adoption records;
  • Balancing and reconciling daily cash receipts;
  • Education and Experience:

    Most deputy court clerk positions require a high school diploma or GED and several years’ clerical or administrative experience, preferably in a legal setting. A bachelor’s degree may be required or preferred in some jurisdictions.

    Skills and Knowledge:

    Deputy court clerks must possess solid English grammar, math and computer skills. A knowledge of local court rules; legal terminology; jury management systems; hazardous evidence handling; court records maintenance, retention and destruction; local community services; and physical security and evacuation procedures are also necessary.


    Salaries vary depending on education, experience, region and type of court (city, county, state, federal). Typical annual deputy clerk salaries range from the $27,000 to the mid-forties with an average salary of about $35,000.

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