Court clerks (NOC 1416)

Job titles

Nature of work

This unit group includes those who perform support functions in courts of law, such as calling court to order, preparing court dockets and maintaining exhibits. Court clerks are employed by federal, provincial and municipal courts.

Fields of interest

  • Entering or verify data and information, sorting, filing
  • Working in an office
  • Writing, working in communications and information

Main duties

  • Court clerks perform 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.

Main characteristics of the occupation

These headings are provided for the following occupation(s) :

Court clerks (NOC 1416)

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is required.
  • * On-the-job training is provided.

Skill type

  • Business, finance and administration occupations

Skill level

  • Intermediate

More information

  • * Progression to supervisory or court officer positions is possible with experience.