Clerk (Courts and Legal)

Legal and Court Clerks provide consistent support to lawyers, judges, legal professionals and citizens. They assist with the functionality of the judicial system as well as the administration of estates and other legal matters. The clerks schedule hearings and trials, maintain jury lists and record all decisions is court proceedings. Legal and Court Clerks also assist officers of the court with a variety of other tasks.

Duties and tasks

  • Assist in estate matters
  • Assist lawyers in legal matters
  • Document all proceedings and decisions
  • Execute court orders
  • Maintain all records and files of adjudications
  • Maintain lists of actions for court hearings
  • Maintain order in the courthouse
  • Process all necessary documentation for actions
  • Serve legal documents and orders
  • Summon jurors and witnesses
  • Swear in jurors and witnesses

Skills required

  • Ability to locate and serve litigants
  • Ability to maintain order in stressful situations
  • Attention to detail
  • Exceptional communication and people skills
  • Exceptional organisational skills
  • Good math skills
  • Impeccable time management skills
  • Proper grasp of the written language
  • Understanding of the judicial system

Working conditions

The working conditions for Legal and Court Clerks are generally comfortable as they mainly work inside of the courthouse where it is climate controlled and protected by security. Occasionally, the clerk will need to serve court papers to litigants at their homes or businesses, which can be risky or dangerous.

Professional associations / Industry information

Law Institute of Victoria
Law Society of South Australia
Queensland Law Society
The Law Council of Australia
The Law Society of Western Australia

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