Court and Legal Clerks provide administrative and operational support to Legal Professionals by performing clerical work associated with the functions of courts, legal practices and the administration of trusts and estates.
A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience is required to work in this job. Around one third of Court and Legal Clerks have a university degree. Even with a qualification, sometimes additional experience or on-the-job training is needed.
- listing actions for hearing and processing documentation for court actions
- documenting details of court proceedings, actions and decisions
- enforcing the law as an officer of the court by executing court orders such as eviction notices
- serving legal orders and documents such as summonses and subpoenas
- organising jury and witness lists, and summonsing and swearing in juries and witnesses
- maintaining order in court and hearing rooms and adjacent areas
- assisting Solicitors in areas of conveyancing, contracts, common law, probate and other legal practice matters
- satisfying statutory requirements, establishing beneficial entitlements and distributing assets
- maintaining probate and trust files, investing trust funds and administering accounts
- Clerk of Court
- Court Bailiff or Sheriff
- Court Orderly
- Law or Legal Clerk
- Trust Officer, or Trust Clerk
Clerk of Court
Administers court registry services and performs administrative functions in support of Judges and Magistrates.
Court Bailiff or Sheriff
Implements court orders and serves legal orders and summonses as an officer of the court.
Specialisations: Sheriff's Officer
Court Orderly (also called Court Attendant or Court Officer)
Provides operational support to a court or registry.
Specialisations: Court Usher
Law or Legal Clerk
Performs specialised clerical work associated with legal practice and law courts.
Trust Officer, or Trust Clerk
Administers trusts, estates and settlements on behalf of beneficiaries.