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Court clerks and related court services occupations

OaSIS code 14103.00

Court clerks and workers in related court services occupations perform administrative, security, and other support functions for courts of law such as scheduling trials, processing service fees, calling court to order, preparing court dockets and maintaining exhibits, recording trial proceedings and maintaining court records. They also facilitate court security and public safety, liaise with law enforcement organizations, and provide support to the judiciary.


Also known as

  • Court administrator
  • Court clerk
  • Court clerk supervisor
  • Court clerk-crier
  • Court officer
  • Criminal court clerk
  • Judicial clerk
  • Provincial court clerk

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Court clerks
  • Call courts of law to order, read charges, take pleas from defendants, swear in witnesses and perform other clerical functions in the courtrooms
  • Prepare court files, court dockets 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 paper and electronic indexes and files on actions taken by court or in response to court decisions
  • Receive, disburse and account for fines, fees and trust monies
  • Assist the public in court offices.
  • Court officers
  • Stock courtrooms with necessary materials before trials
  • Escort the judge to the courtroom
  • Maintain the security and safety of the judge and courtroom
  • Monitor proceedings and uphold the rules and procedures of the court
  • Read charges and take pleas from defendants
  • Transport prisoners to and from the court house and detention centres, psychiatric hospitals, police divisions, or elsewhere
  • Maintain the security of prisoners in the cell area of courthouses and while escorting them to the courtrooms, or elsewhere
  • Maintain prisoner records.
  • Court administrators
  • Coordinate administrative services and establish work priorities for court staff
  • Supervise court clerks and other court services occupations
  • Schedule court trials, pre-trial conferences and hearings
  • Oversee the maintenance of judicial court records
  • Assist in preparing annual budgets
  • May assist in the management of personnel, operations, and the court facilities.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory or senior court service positions is possible with experience.
  • Duties of court administrators may include those of court clerks or court officers depending on the location and size of the courthouse.

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NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

1 – Business, finance and administration occupations


4 – Occupations usually require a secondary school diploma; or several weeks of on-the-job training

Major group

14 – Administrative and financial support and supply chain logistics occupations

Sub-major group

141 – Office, court, and data support occupations

Minor group

1410 – Office support and court services occupations

Unit group

14103 – Court clerks and related court services occupations

Occupational profile

14103.00 – Court clerks and related court services occupations

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Clerical Activities
4 - High Level
Processing Information
4 - High Level
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
3 - Moderate Level
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance
3 - Moderate Level
Getting Information
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
2 - Low amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

4 - More than half the time
2 - Less than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
4 - Every day, a few times per day
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
3 - Important
3 - Once a week or more but not every day


  • Federal courts
  • Municipal courts
  • Provincial or territorial courts

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.


Proficiency or complexity level
Auditory Attention
3 - Moderate Level
Near Vision
3 - Moderate Level
Selective Attention
3 - Moderate Level
Speech Clarity
3 - Moderate Level
Speech Recognition
3 - Moderate Level


Proficiency or complexity level
3 - Moderate Level
Oral Communication: Active Listening
3 - Moderate Level
Oral Communication: Oral Comprehension
3 - Moderate Level
Oral Communication: Oral Expression
3 - Moderate Level
Time Management
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
4 - Highly important
4 - Highly important
Concern for Others
4 - Highly important
Social Orientation
4 - Highly important