Court Clerk

Court clerks often called "clerks to the court" or "clerks of court" are responsible for keeping and maintaining the records of the court. According to the website their duties depend on the type of court and the jurisdiction.

All court clerks perform secretarial tasks such as answering the phone making appointments recording the minutes of court proceedings making sure records are accurate and preparing the docket of cases that will be called. In addition they may be responsible for getting information for case folders administering oaths to witnesses and jurors collecting fees and making sure court decisions are published.

Court clerks must have excellent English skills and in some parts of the country they may need to know other languages. They must be skilled at word processing and they must be comfortable working with numbers because some aspects of the job require budgeting and accounting. There may also be personnel responsibilities. Many individuals start out as assistant or deputy court clerks and eventually get promoted to clerk or chief clerk.

Another way to get promoted is to move from city or county courts to state or federal courts. Some court clerks return to school to become lawyers. According to the website court clerks must have a high school diploma or the equivalent but further education is desirable. Two years of college is common nowadays and some court clerks have bachelor's or even master's degrees.

The outlook for employment is positive and wages depend upon type of court locale and experience but the median salary is approximately $27 500.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $27500
High Salary: $32500
Low Salary: $22500
Tasks: Performs secretarial duties for the court.
Maintains court records.
Prepares court dockets.
Collects court fees.
Also Called: Clerk to the Court
Clerk of the Court
Clerk of the Peace
Deputy Clerk
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