Court/Clerical Officer

Court/Clerical Officers work in local courts to assist in the effective operation of those courts. Their tasks may vary with specialisation, but generally some of their responsibilities include announcing the beginning and end of court sessions, calling witnesses, administering jury rosters, court record keeping, liaising between the magistracy, legal practitioners and members of the public, escorting prisoners to and from courtrooms, and summoning potential jurors to court.

Specialities within this field include:

  • Bailiffs - attend the needs of the jury throughout the length of a trial; serve writs summonses and other court orders.
  • Bench Clerk - prepare documentation of court proceedings, actions and decisions and assist judges and magistrates in order to maintain the smooth running of courts.
  • Court Registrar - co-ordinate the daily running of the courts.
  • Sheriff - provides court security and is responsible for support services, managing the jury system, and serves orders issued by courts and tribunals.

To gain employment as a Court/Clerical Officer in NSW you must be a public servant (see Public Service. There are no formal qualification requirements, however a degree with a focus in legal studies or similar, will improve your chances of employment. Most positions are available in metropolitan areas with state, territory and federal governments, in courts such as the Federal, Supreme, Family Law, district and Local Courts.