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Court Clerk Job Description

Court clerks, bailiffs, and municipal clerks work for state and local government, handling a range of administrative duties. Depending on their role, they may be required to have career training in the latest word processing, spreadsheet, and communications software to perform their job. At the courthouse, court clerks may prepare dockets of cases to be heard, gather information for judges or administrators, or contact defendants, witnesses, and lawyers to obtain critical information for court proceedings.

Court Clerk Career Training

You can receive online career training to prepare for court clerk or other related positions. Some applicants complete secretarial or business degrees, law enforcement, or criminal justice training to qualify for employment.

Court Clerks Employment

Local governments employ more than twice as many workers as state governments. Municipal clerks may be called upon by city government, town councils, planning agencies, or other governmental agencies to create meeting agendas, use stenography skills and software to record and transcribe meeting minutes, respond to official correspondence by post or email, maintain financial records and accounts, and prepare official reports. At the state and local levels, license clerks may work for agencies in coordinating records to help members of the public to obtain construction permits, motor vehicle titles, driver's permits, animal licenses, or other regulatory necessities. Job titles at state and local governments may include: secretaries, administrative assistants, and general clerks.

Court Clerk Job Outlook

Court clerk and operations jobs with state and local governments are projected to increase by 8 percent during the 2006 to 2016 decade. *The median wage $34,803, with clerks earning $42,203 at the top end of the scale.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

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