Court clerks and workers in related court services occupations perform administrative, security, and other support functions for courts of law such as scheduling trials, processing service fees, calling court to order, preparing court dockets and maintaining exhibits, recording trial proceedings and maintaining court records. They also facilitate court security and public safety, liaise with law enforcement organizations, and provide support to the judiciary. They are employed by federal, provincial, territorial and municipal courts and by police forces.
Court clerk supervisor
Criminal court clerk
Provincial court clerk
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Call courts of law to order, read charges, take pleas from defendants, swear in witnesses and perform other clerical functions in the courtrooms
Prepare court files, court dockets and other documents
Record main court proceedings, including pleas, names of witnesses, dates, times and rulings
Manage care and custody of court exhibits
Prepare documents for and participate in jury selection
Update and maintain court office paper and electronic indexes and files on actions taken by court or in response to court decisions
Receive, disburse and account for fines, fees and trust monies
Assist the public in court offices.
Stock courtrooms with necessary materials before trials
Escort the judge to the courtroom
Maintain the security and safety of the judge and courtroom
Monitor proceedings and uphold the rules and procedures of the court
Read charges and take pleas from defendants
Transport prisoners to and from the court house and detention centres, psychiatric hospitals, police divisions, or elsewhere
Maintain the security of prisoners in the cell area of courthouses and while escorting them to the courtrooms, or elsewhere
Maintain prisoner records.
Coordinate administrative services and establish work priorities for court staff
Supervise court clerks and other court services occupations
Schedule court trials, pre-trial conferences and hearings
Oversee the maintenance of judicial court records
Assist in preparing annual budgets
May assist in the management of personnel, operations, and the court facilities.
Completion of secondary school is required.
On-the-job training is provided for court officers, court clerks, and court liaison officers.
Special Constable Certification may be required for court officers and court liaison officers.
Court clerks and court officers may require a 1-2 year post-secondary diploma in office administration or equivalent.
Court administrators usually require a 1-2 year post-secondary diploma, or may require a university degree in law, business administration, judicial administration, or related field.
Some experience as a court clerks may be required for Court administrators.
Experience in clerical services, administration and management, and personnel information systems may be required for court administrators.
Duties of court administrators may include those of court clerks or court officers depending on the location and size of the courthouse.
Progression to supervisory or senior court service positions is possible with experience.
Broad occupational category