Prepare dockets and perform clerical duties in a court of law.
What does a Court Clerk do?
A court clerk assists in multiple aspects of court, including the preparation of legal documents, processing payments for fees and answering the public’s questions. Since the position is extremely people and detail-oriented, skills required include administrative abilities, as well as customer service and cash handling experience.
As a court clerk, you’re responsible for taking care of many necessary tasks in support of the daily operations in a state or county court. An essential employee in the court, you work with lawyers, paralegals, witnesses, and litigants in family law, bankruptcy, and criminal law.
Your legal assistance duties include dealing with the public by contacting parties regarding court appearances, swearing-in jury members, and explaining forms or procedures. Therefore, it’s necessary to be comfortable communicating to the general public, as well as to attorneys and judges.
You need experience in legal research and writing, as many court clerks assist in preparing court orders for probation and sentencing, as well as examining legal documents to make sure they adhere to laws and procedures.
It’s a good idea for you to be familiar with Westlaw, one of the primary online legal research services in the United States, in order to extract pertinent information for cases. You also process payments for court fees, so cash-handling experience is crucial.
In addition to knowledge of court procedure and laws, clerical skills for a court clerk include knowledge of systems for word processing, transcription, stenography, and file management. As with any position that involves writing, an excellent grasp of the English language is a necessity. Experience in customer and personal service is required, and you should also have some cash handling experience. A degree may not be required.