A court, municipal, or license clerk is usually hired by the government, most commonly by a court in a judicial branch. These organizations usually seek applicants that have a high school diploma, while some employers may be looking for associate's degrees. Some clerical experience is usually sought after, ranging from one to three years.
The clerk must have a good understanding of Microsoft Office and be able to type at fairly speedy rates. Some employers may require certification, such as the Certified Professional Secretary certificate. The main responsibility of the clerk is to transfer correspondence, notes, and drafts from documents and oral responses onto a computer for data keeping. They may also be required to serve as the receptionist of the judicial office, which may involve answering questions and assisting clients and lawyers. The clerk will be tasked with general clerical duties as well, such as answering phone calls and receiving faxes and mail, ordering supplies and maintaining stock, and maintaining files.
The clerk may be working alone, but he or she can be assigned to work in a group as well, depending on the area of the court. They will also be working closely with other courtroom staff to ensure that the day to day operations of the organization are kept running smoothly. The court, municipal, or license clerk will usually report to a manager.
Court, Municipal, or License Clerk Tasks
Interact with the public, attorneys, other clerks and judges to provide information and forms.
Review legal papers and identify problems and missing data.
Assist with data organization, correspondence and documentation needs.
Conduct legal research and assist with public records requests.
Set schedules, communicate schedules, and take notes during proceedings.