Legal Careers

Court Clerks

Court clerks administer court process including reviewing and accepting documents submitted for filing, and issuing documents that correspond to court orders such as sentencing, release, and remand orders. Other duties include maintaining and securing court records and assisting in court scheduling including producing the daily court schedule.

Court clerks also assist judges in the courtroom. They are responsible for opening and closing court, recording the proceedings, taking the oath or affirmation of witnesses and marking, and listing and safeguarding all exhibits tendered as evidence.

The provincial government hires court clerks. Clerks must have a minimum Grade 12 education and typically have additional post-secondary education in areas such as Justice Studies, Human Justice, Criminology, Court Administration, or Paralegal Studies. Students may also complete practicum requirements at a court as part of their program of study. Court clerks are required to have knowledge of the justice system as it pertains to the court, such as policies, protocols, and procedures. They also must have knowledge of legal terminology and laws and regulations.