Details for Court Clerks
Perform clerical duties in court of law; prepare docket of cases to be called; secure information for judges; and contact witnesses, attorneys, and litigants to obtain information for court.
- Prepare and issue orders of the court, such as probation orders, release documentation, sentencing information, or summonses.
- Prepare dockets or calendars of cases to be called, using typewriters or computers.
- Record case dispositions, court orders, or arrangements made for payment of court fees.
- Prepare documents recording the outcomes of court proceedings.
- Examine legal documents submitted to courts for adherence to laws or court procedures.
- Perform administrative tasks, such as answering telephone calls, filing court documents, or maintaining office supplies or equipment.
- Search files and contact witnesses, attorneys, or litigants to obtain information for the court.
- Answer inquiries from the general public regarding judicial procedures, court appearances, trial dates, adjournments, outstanding warrants, summonses, subpoenas, witness fees, or payment of fines.
- Instruct parties about timing of court appearances.
- Explain procedures or forms to parties in cases or to the general public.
- Record court proceedings, using recording equipment, or record minutes of court proceedings, using stenotype machines or shorthand.
- Follow procedures to secure courtrooms or exhibits, such as money, drugs, or weapons.
- Read charges and related information to the court and, if necessary, record defendants' pleas.
- Swear in jury members, interpreters, witnesses, or defendants.
- Conduct roll calls and poll jurors.
- Collect court fees or fines and record amounts collected.
- Prepare and mark applicable court exhibits or evidence.
- Amend indictments when necessary and endorse indictments with pertinent information.
- Meet with judges, lawyers, parole officers, police, or social agency officials to coordinate the functions of the court.
- Prepare staff schedules.
- Direct support staff in handling of paperwork processed by clerks' offices.
- Prepare courtrooms with paper, pens, water, easels, or electronic equipment and ensure that recording equipment is working.
- Open courts, calling them to order, and announcing judges.
- Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
- Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
- Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Education, training, experience
- Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
- Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
- Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
- Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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