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Duty Clerk job description

A Duty Clerk is a professional who performs various clerical activities that relate to the preparation and processing of cases in the city, county, state, and federal court systems.

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Refreshed on

May 23, 2022

Reviewed by

Eftychia Karavelaki

Senior Recruitment Manager

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Duty Clerk responsibilities include:

  • Assisting and responding to phone and face-to-face inquiries from attorneys, judicial and law enforcement officers, and the general public
  • Preparing, reviewing, and processing legal documents, correspondence, motions, and orders
  • Completing court-related forms such as petitions and warrants

Job brief

We are looking for a Duty Clerk to join our team and support the administrative functions of the Court Clerk according to state and local laws. 

Duty Clerk responsibilities include administering oaths to witnesses, collecting fines, and reconciling daily receipts. 

Ultimately, you will work directly with the public to ensure all administrative tasks are completed as required by our courthouse. 


  • Document name changes, licenses, adoption records, and more
  • Collect fines, fees, and bond payments
  • Reconcile daily receipts
  • Prepare the dockets or lists of scheduled cases
  • File documents physically or electronically

Requirements and skills

  • Proven work experience as a Duty Clerk or similar role
  • Experience in a clerical or administrative job
  • Relevant training and/or certifications as a Duty Clerk

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