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Court Clerk  What They Do

Just the Facts


Performs clerical duties in court of law; prepares docket of cases to be called; secures information for judges; and contacts witnesses, attorneys, and litigants to obtain information for court.

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster Legal Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Prepares and issues orders of the court, such as probation orders, release documentation, sentencing information, or summonses.
  • Prepares dockets or calendars of cases to be called, using typewriters or computers.
  • Records case dispositions, court orders, or arrangements made for payment of court fees.
  • Prepares documents recording the outcomes of court proceedings.
  • Examines legal documents submitted to courts for adherence to laws or court procedures.
  • Performs administrative tasks, such as answering telephone calls, filing court documents, or maintaining office supplies or equipment.
  • Searches files and contacts witnesses, attorneys, or litigants to obtain information for the court.
  • Answers inquiries from the general public regarding judicial procedures, court appearances, trial dates, adjournments, outstanding warrants, summonses, subpoenas, witness fees, or payment of fines.
  • Instructs parties about timing of court appearances.
  • Explains procedures or forms to parties in cases or to the general public.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Bailiff -- Maintains order in courts of law.
  • Deputy Clerk -- Performs a variety of administrative and clerical duties to support judicial officers, attorneys and other court staff.
  • Docket Clerk -- Provides critical clerical support and are responsible for furnishing information to a wide variety of people, including judges, lawyers, other court personnel and members of the public.
  • Law Clerk -- Acts as an assistant to an attorney or a judge at the local, state or federal level and performs a wide range of duties related to the disposition of particular cases.
  • Court Crier --
  • Data Transcriber --
  • Subpoena Server --