• Court Clerk Job Description

    A court clerk is person who manages the clerical activities of a court. Their job involves processing legal documents, scheduling court hearings, taking minutes of court proceedings, and maintaining court records.

    A court clerk should be well organized, level-headed, reliable and responsible, and have the ability to work neatly and accurately. They should also have good listening, communication and time-management skills and the ability to analyze data or information and interpret the meaning to others.

  • What does a Court Clerk do?

    Court clerks may do some or all of the following:

    • examine and process legal documents
    • schedule court hearings
    • attend court sessions and take minutes of the court proceedings
    • swear in witnesses and juries
    • prepare, file and forward case files
    • collect file fees and fines and record amount collected
  • Where does a Court Clerk work?
  • Working Conditions

    Court clerks usually work normal office hours, but may sometimes work overtime when a court hearing is running late. They usually work indoors in offices and courtrooms.

  • What is Required to Become a Court Clerk ?

    To be employed as a court clerk, you will need to have attained at least a secondary school education. Many court clerks enter the position as recent graduates from law schools. Court clerks receive on-the-job training.

  • Modules
  • Specializations
  • Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

    Court clerks need to have:

    • patience
    • adaptability
    • courteousness
    • diligence
    • good attention to detail
    • good listening and communication skills
    • good judgment and decision making skills
    • time management and organization skills
    • computer and general office skills
    • record keeping skills
    • the ability to work well under pressure
    • the ability to analyze and explain laws, administrative rules and regulations
    • the ability to handle sensitive information and documents with confidentiality
    • knowledge of legal terminology
    • knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures
    • knowledge of courtroom procedures and legal documents


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