Legal clerk

Legal Clerks perform clerical and operational tasks to assist in the work of Legal Professionals. They may assist in court cases and help courts function properly, research legal practices and assist with administering trusts.

Duties and tasks

  • Assist legal representatives with contracts, common law matters, certifications and other legal practice concerns
  • Manage trust funds, investing funds and directing them to proper accounts
  • Oversee court and hearing rooms and ensure that all present maintain order
  • Prepare and summons jury and witness list and swear them in before court proceedings
  • Process and serve court action documents including summonses, subpoenas and eviction notices
  • Record proceedings in courtroom, actions to be taken and court decisions
  • Set up entitlement claims and allocate resources; advise on legal matters

Skills required

  • Analytical Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Organisational and Administrative Skills
  • Strong Communication Skills
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Legal Clerks typically work regular Monday to Friday work weeks in the court and in offices within legal establishments. They may be required to process large amounts of paperwork within short time frames.

Professional associations / Industry information

Law Institute of Victoria
Law Society of South Australia
Queensland Law Society
The Law Council of Australia The Law Council of Australia is the peak national representative body of the Australian legal profession
The Law Society of Western Australia

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