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What Clerks of the Court do across the Nation Typically, most courts have a position for a clerk of the court that is usually filled by a paralegal, though in some jurisdictions, this position can only be held by attorneys. The duties and responsibilities required from clerks of the court across the nation can be grasped from this general state-wise sampling given below.
Alabama: The chief clerk of the probate court
In Delaware clerks of the family court are appointed
administers oaths, receives documents and proofs
by the chief judge and have the authority to issue
of instruments of certification, and where there is no
summonses and warrants.
contest, the chief clerk exercises the authority of a probate judge.
Maryland: The chief judge appoints the chief administrative clerk of the district court. The chief
Arkansas: The clerk of the county court is an elected
administrative clerk is responsible for the maintenance
position. The clerk needs to attend each session of the
and operation of clerical staff and supervision of
court and keep accurate record of its proceedings. The
dockets, records and other papers.
clerk of the county court is also responsible to maintain a regular account of the county treasury and papers
Texas: In Texas, the position of the clerk of the county
dealing with settlements of accounts of the county.
court is filled through election. The duties of the clerk of the county court includes administering oaths, taking
California: The clerk of the municipal court has
depositions, issuing marriage licenses, and acting as
the authority to appoint deputies and maintains the
the keeper of court and country records. The clerk
minutes and other records of the courts.
of the county court also has the authority to appoint deputies.
Colorado: Clerks of the county court in Colorado maintain both financial and judicial records.
Hawaii: The position of the land court registrar can be filled by a paralegal and he/she attends all sessions
Delaware: The clerks of the court of common pleas
of court, keeps dockets, and seals all papers and
keep records of the court proceedings. The clerk is
processes. The land court registrar keeps custody of
also in charge of receiving and paying all fees, costs,
documents, administers oaths and receives fees. Maine
and fines. The clerk of the court of common pleas
and Massachusetts also requires similar duties from the
also administers oaths and issues commitments and
registrar of probate in those states.
executions. This is not an elected position, and the clerk of the court of common pleas is appointed by judges.
Published on Oct 7, 2012