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.

    You can work as a Court or Legal Clerk without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Court and Legal Clerks. A course in legal services, legal practice, legal studies, justice, criminology or personal trust administration might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • 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

    More about Court and Legal Clerks

    All Court and Legal Clerks

    All Court and Legal Clerks

    • $1,119 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 17,200 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 65% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 35 years Average age
    • 75% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Court and Legal Clerks (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 17,200 in 2018 to 18,600 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 16,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 3,200 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Court and Legal Clerks work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Financial and Insurance Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,119 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (65%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (23%).
    • Gender: 75% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200812800
    200910500
    201014800
    201110600
    201212700
    201312300
    201412000
    201515200
    201615200
    201713800
    201817200
    202318600

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsCourt and Legal ClerksAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings11191460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services53.4
    Public Administration and Safety34.0
    Financial and Insurance Services4.9
    Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services2.5
    Other Industries5.2

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateCourt and Legal ClerksAll Jobs Average
    NSW28.531.6
    VIC33.025.6
    QLD17.720.0
    SA6.87.0
    WA8.810.8
    TAS1.82.0
    NT1.01.0
    ACT2.41.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketCourt and Legal ClerksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.4-5.05.0
    20-2420.3-9.39.3
    25-3426.5-22.922.9
    35-4416.1-22.022.0
    45-5417.7-21.621.6
    55-597.3-9.09.0
    60-645.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.1-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationCourt and Legal ClerksAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree25.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV11.3-21.121.1
    Year 1229.9-18.118.1
    Year 115.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below7.4-12.512.5

    You can work as a Court or Legal Clerk without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Court and Legal Clerks. A course in legal services, legal practice, legal studies, justice, criminology or personal trust administration might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • driver's licence
    • national police check

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    Employers look for Court and Legal Clerks, who are professional, courteous and responsible.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Clerical

      79% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    2. Customer and personal service

      56% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Law and government

      53% Skill level

      How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

    4. English language

      51% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    5. Computers and electronics

      44% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    Occupational Information Network
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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 43-4031.01 - Court Clerks.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Contact with people

      96% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      94% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Being exact or accurate

      93% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    4. Telephone

      91% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    5. Time pressure

      91% Important

      Work to strict deadlines.

    Occupational Information Network
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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 43-4031.01 - Court Clerks.

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