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All About Court Clerks

Job Description: 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.

What Do Court Clerks Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Open courts, calling them to order, and announcing judges.
  • Prepare dockets or calendars of cases to be called, using typewriters or computers.
  • Conduct roll calls and poll jurors.
  • Search files and contact witnesses, attorneys, or litigants to obtain information for the court.
  • Prepare courtrooms with paper, pens, water, easels, or electronic equipment and ensure that recording equipment is working.
  • Collect court fees or fines and record amounts collected.

Qualities of a Court Clerk

These are the skills Court Clerks say are the most useful in their careers:

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.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

  • Courtroom Deputy or Calendar Clerk
  • Minute Clerk for Basic Traffic
  • Chief Deputy Court Clerk
  • Senior Courtroom Clerk
  • Civil Clerk

Are There Job Opportunities for Court Clerks?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 135,500 jobs in the United States for Court Clerk. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 6.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 8,700 new jobs for Court Clerk by 2026. There will be an estimated 12,600 positions for Court Clerk per year.

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The states with the most job growth for Court Clerk are Vermont, Utah, and Texas. Watch out if you plan on working in Maryland, Alaska, or New Jersey. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Court Clerks Salary

The average yearly salary of a Court Clerk ranges between $25,150 and $60,330.

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Court Clerks who work in Washington, New York, or Alaska, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Court Clerks in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $31,820
Alaska $52,680
Arizona $39,060
Arkansas $30,970
California $51,550
Colorado $41,470
Connecticut $51,350
Delaware $34,880
Florida $38,720
Georgia $35,360
Hawaii $45,480
Idaho $37,850
Illinois $42,830
Indiana $33,730
Iowa $42,690
Kansas $34,500
Kentucky $32,250
Louisiana $33,090
Maine $37,550
Maryland $43,530
Massachusetts $48,840
Michigan $38,640
Minnesota $45,250
Mississippi $32,570
Missouri $33,240
Montana $33,710
Nebraska $38,860
Nevada $46,820
New Hampshire $40,030
New Jersey $49,060
New Mexico $38,260
New York $56,890
North Carolina $36,160
North Dakota $42,930
Ohio $37,840
Oklahoma $30,970
Oregon $44,840
Pennsylvania $40,400
Rhode Island $49,540
South Carolina $34,760
South Dakota $32,880
Tennessee $37,600
Texas $37,590
Utah $38,940
Vermont $43,690
Virginia $39,650
Washington $50,590
West Virginia $36,190
Wisconsin $43,150
Wyoming $39,310

What Tools do Court Clerks Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Court Clerks:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Access
  • Data entry software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • IBM Notes
  • LexisNexis
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Thomson Reuters Westlaw
  • Syscon Court Clerk

How do I Become a Court Clerk?

What education is needed to be a Court Clerk?

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Court Clerks Are Employed

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