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Court Clerk - Career Overview:

Court clerks perform a variety of duties in support of court operations and provide information regarding court programs, policies and procedures.

Court clerks often start as deputy or assistant clerks and can advance to chief clerk positions.

Court Clerk Duties:

Typical 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;
  • Reviewing, processing and filing court documents 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.
  • Other Responsibilities:

  • Drafting correspondence in reply to requests for case inquiries, record inspections and record searches;
  • Entering and retrieving data using automated databases or manual logs;
  • Scheduling calendars, appointments, juries and services;
  • Disseminating court opinions;
  • Researching automated and hard copy files for case status information;
  • Collecting and compiling statistical data;
  • Administering oaths and affirmations;
  • Maintaining jury lists and issues jury summons;
  • Processing juror and witness payments;
  • Typing correspondence, reports and other documents.
  • Education and Experience:

    Court clerk positions generally require a high school diploma or its equivalent as well as several years of college or business school. A bachelor’s degree may be required or preferred in some jurisdictions. Clerical or administrative experience and/or experience as a deputy or assistant clerk may also be required.

    Skills and Knowledge:

    Court clerks should have a strong knowledge of local court rules; legal terminology; jury management system; hazardous evidence handling; court records maintenance, retention and destruction; local community services; physical security and evacuation procedures; English grammar; basic math; computer hardware and software; and general office equipment and procedure. Court clerks must also be skilled in word processing, bookkeeping, accounting, and budgeting.

    Other Clerk Court Positions:

    More information on court clerk careers:

  • Deputy or Assistant Clerks
  • Chief Clerks

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