Court clerks (NOC 1416)

About this job

Court clerks:

  • perform support functions in courts of law, such as calling court to order, preparing court dockets and maintaining exhibits
  • work for federal, provincial and municipal courts
Common job titles
  • clerk of process - courts
  • clerk, criminal court
  • clerk, judicial
  • clerk, provincial court
  • clerk, youth court


Court clerks:

  • call courts of law to order, read charges, take pleas from defendants, swear in witnesses and perform other clerical duties in the courtrooms
  • prepare court files, court schedule and other documents
  • record main court proceedings, including pleas, names of witnesses, dates, times and rulings
  • manage care and custody of court exhibits
  • prepare documents for and participate in jury selection
  • update and maintain court office indexes and files on actions taken by court or in response to court decisions
  • receive, pay out and account for fines, fees and trust monies
  • assist the public in court offices

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Promotion to supervisory or court officer positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.