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What Does a Court Clerk Do?

A court clerk, assists the judge. The clerk’s specific duties are to:

  • Maintain the official record of the court;
  • Be responsible for the clerical courtroom activities;
  • Determine whether cases are ready for hearing or trial;
  • Keep the court calendar and give legal notices;
  • Prepare court minutes, judgments and verdict forms;
  • Assist with impaneling juries and administering oaths;
  • Collect, record and report all fines, bail and other money received in court;
  • Take affidavits and acknowledgments and enters all court proceedings in the Automated Case Management System;
  • Arrange for interpreters, jury panels, files, papers and exhibits;
  • Prepare and issue subpoenas, citations, bench warrants, attachments and, other legal documents that facilitate or execute the actions of the court.

How Does Someone Become A Court Clerk?

To become a court clerk, a person must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Have a California Driver's License.
  • Completion of high school
  • Have clerical experience