What does a Court Clerk do?

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.

Jobs Roles

  • 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.
  • Answer inquiries from the general public regarding judicial procedures, court appearances, trial dates, adjournments, outstanding warrants, summonses, subpoenas, witness fees, or payment of fines.
  • Prepare and issue orders of the court, such as probation orders, release documentation, sentencing information, or summonses.
  • Prepare documents recording the outcomes of court proceedings.
  • Instruct parties about timing of court appearances.
  • Explain procedures or forms to parties in cases or to the general public.
  • Search files and contact witnesses, attorneys, or litigants to obtain information for the court.
  • Follow procedures to secure courtrooms or exhibits, such as money, drugs, or weapons.
  • Amend indictments when necessary and endorse indictments with pertinent information.
  • Read charges and related information to the court and, if necessary, record defendants' pleas.
  • Swear in jury members, interpreters, witnesses, or defendants.
  • Collect court fees or fines and record amounts collected.
  • Direct support staff in handling of paperwork processed by clerks' offices.
  • Prepare and mark applicable court exhibits or evidence.
  • Examine legal documents submitted to courts for adherence to laws or court procedures.
  • Record court proceedings, using recording equipment, or record minutes of court proceedings, using stenotype machines or shorthand.
  • Prepare courtrooms with paper, pens, water, easels, or electronic equipment and ensure that recording equipment is working.
  • Conduct roll calls and poll jurors.
  • Open courts, calling them to order, and announcing judges.
  • Meet with judges, lawyers, parole officers, police, or social agency officials to coordinate the functions of the court.
  • Perform administrative tasks, such as answering telephone calls, filing court documents, or maintaining office supplies or equipment.
  • Prepare staff schedules.
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