CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Court Clerks

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Paralegal and Related
Benchmark Title: Court Clerks
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Prepare dockets or calendars of cases to be called, using typewriters or computers.
 
Record case dispositions, court orders, or arrangements made for payment of court fees.
 
Answer inquiries from the general public regarding judicial procedures, court appearances, trial dates, adjournments, outstanding warrants, summonses, subpoenas, witness fees, or payment of fines.
 
Prepare and issue orders of the court, such as probation orders, release documentation, sentencing information, or summonses.
 
Prepare documents recording the outcomes of court proceedings.
 
Instruct parties about timing of court appearances.
 
Explain procedures or forms to parties in cases or to the general public.
 
Search files and contact witnesses, attorneys, or litigants to obtain information for the court.
 
Follow procedures to secure courtrooms or exhibits, such as money, drugs, or weapons.
 
Amend indictments when necessary and endorse indictments with pertinent information.
 
Read charges and related information to the court and, if necessary, record defendants' pleas.
 
Swear in jury members, interpreters, witnesses, or defendants.
 
Collect court fees or fines and record amounts collected.
 
Direct support staff in handling of paperwork processed by clerks' offices.
 
Prepare and mark applicable court exhibits or evidence.
 
Examine legal documents submitted to courts for adherence to laws or court procedures.
 
Record court proceedings, using recording equipment, or record minutes of court proceedings, using stenotype machines or shorthand.
 
Prepare courtrooms with paper, pens, water, easels, or electronic equipment and ensure that recording equipment is working.
 
Conduct roll calls and poll jurors.
 
Open courts, calling them to order, and announcing judges.
 
Meet with judges, lawyers, parole officers, police, or social agency officials to coordinate the functions of the court.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Paralegal and Related
Benchmark Title: Court Clerks
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
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.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Paralegal and Related
Benchmark Title: Court Clerks
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Paralegal and Related
Benchmark Title: Court Clerks
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Paralegal and Related
Benchmark Title: Court Clerks
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
Related Work Experience None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Paralegal and Related
Benchmark Title: Court Clerks
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Appellate Court Clerk
Bailiff
Case Manager
Circuit Clerk
Circuit Court Clerk
Clerk
Clerk of Court
Court Attendant
Court Clerk
Court Crier
Court Operations Clerk
Court Specialist
Courtroom Clerk
Data Transcriber
Deputy Clerk
Deputy Clerk of Court
Deputy County Clerk
Deputy Court Clerk
Docket Clerk
Judge's Clerk
Judicial Administrative Technician
Judicial Assistant
Judicial Clerk
Law Clerk
Paralegal
Process Server
Subpoena Server
Summons Server
Warrant Clerk
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Legal
Job Family: Paralegal and Related
Benchmark Title: Court Clerks
 
 
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