Occupation Info

Court Clerk

Overview: Court clerks perform administrative duties to support the daily operations in a court of law. For both civil and criminal court cases, they schedule case hearings, secure information needed by judges and advise attorneys, witnesses and people involved of court hearing dates and procedures.
Duties: They schedule court cases, both civil and criminal, to be heard by judges. They contact and advise all witnesses, attorneys and litigants of dates to appear in court or furnish information.

They examine all legal documents or evidence submitted to the court for each case to be sure it complies with laws and approved court proceedings.

They secure and provide to the judge all pertinent information needed to hear a case. They also prepare case folders containing copies of all documents needed by all persons in a case.

They administer the oath to all witnesses and record the case proceedings using shorthand or a stenotype machine. They record the case outcome and collect court fees and fines.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Office Administration and Technology: Administrative Secretary 
A.A.S. Office Administration and Technology: Office Technology: Word/Information Processing 
Job Outlook: Employment of court clerks is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018.
Salary Range (National Average): $24,000 to $27,000
Education Level: The typical training required for this career is generally a High School Degree or GED Certificate.
Additional Training/Education: A certificate or diploma with a major in judicial processes and business administration from a business school or community college is an ideal preparation for this occupation. Courses should include court procedures, stenotyping, computer applications, business management and communications. Some states require certification for stenotyping.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.

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