Indian female legal clerk helps a client sign the legal documentation

Court and Legal Clerk

Provide administrative and operational support to legal professionals; perform clerical work associated with the function of courts, legal practices and the administration of trusts and estates.

Overview

Court and legal clerks are responsible for the orderly and lawful running of courtrooms. They list actions for hearings, process documentation for court actions, and document the details of court proceedings, actions and decisions by the judge and jury.

Work is in courts or legal offices. Some evening work may be required if hearings run late.

Suited for those with clerical skills, with strengths in active listening, comprehension and critical thinking. An interest in or understanding of the legal system and Government regulations is important.

Day-to-day

  • enforce the law as an officer of the court by executing court orders such as eviction notices
  • serve legal orders and documents such as summonses and subpoenas
  • organise jury and witness lists and summons
  • swear in juries and witnesses
  • maintain order in court, hearing rooms and adjacent areas
  • assist solicitors in areas of conveyancing, contracts, common law, probate and other legal practice matters
  • satisfy statutory requirements, establishing beneficial entitlements and distributing assets
  • maintain probate and trust files, investing trust funds and administering accounts.

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$1,119 / week
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