Court Clerks

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Warrant Clerk
  • Traffic Clerk
  • Superior Court Clerk
  • Summons Server
  • Subpoena Server
  • Sessions Clerk
  • Senior Courtroom Clerk
  • Senior Court Office Assistant
  • Process Server
  • Minute Clerk for Basic Traffic
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What They Do

  • Open courts, calling them to order, and announcing judges.
  • Prepare courtrooms with paper, pens, water, easels, or electronic equipment and ensure that recording equipment is working.
  • Direct support staff in handling of paperwork processed by clerks' offices.
  • Prepare staff schedules.
  • Meet with judges, lawyers, parole officers, police, or social agency officials to coordinate the functions of the court.
  • Amend indictments when necessary and endorse indictments with pertinent information.
  • Prepare and mark applicable court exhibits or evidence.
  • Collect court fees or fines and record amounts collected.
  • Conduct roll calls and poll jurors.
  • Swear in jury members, interpreters, witnesses, or defendants.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $36,790 with most people making between $21,910 and $52,060

Outlook

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During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,500 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,490 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 20 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.



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