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Judicial Clerk

Judicial clerks provide paralegal support in provincial, superior and federal courts in Alberta.

Also Known As

Administrative Support Personnel, Clerk of the Court, Office Personnel

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Court Clerks (1443) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Court Clerks (B543) 
  • 2011 NOC: Court clerks (1416) 
  • 2016 NOC: Court clerks (1416) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Court Clerks
2006 NOC : 1443

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
METHODICAL

Interest in compiling information to record main court proceedings, including pleas, names of witnesses, dates, times and rulings, to update and maintain court office paper and electronic indexes and files on actions taken by courts and responses to court decisions

SOCIAL

Interest in speaking to assist the public in court offices and to swear in witnesses; and in reading charges and taking pleas from defendants

directive

Interest in handling to manage care and custody of court exhibits; in preparing documents for and participating in jury selection; and in calling courts of law to order

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Duties
Updated Mar 04, 2021

Judicial clerks perform many office functions as well as court duties. In general, they:

  • Review and file pleadings, petitions and other documents relevant to court actions
  • Contact witnesses, lawyers and litigants (parties to a lawsuit) to obtain information for the court
  • Search files to answer inquiries and to obtain information for the court
  • Answer inquiries from the general public regarding judicial procedures, court appearances, trial dates, adjournments, outstanding warrants, summonses, subpoenas, witness fees and payment of fines
  • Enter court results in computer systems
  • Assess court fees according to an established schedule and keep financial records

Judicial clerks usually are assigned to a particular court, such as Court of Queen’s Bench or Provincial Court, or to a particular courtroom. Some judicial clerks travel with the circuit court to a variety of locations throughout Alberta where court is held. Depending on the type of court, the number of cases scheduled each day may range from one to several hundred.

Judicial clerks have a variety of duties before, during and after court proceedings. Specific duties vary depending on the type of court. In general, judicial clerks must perform the following activities prior to court:

  • Prepare and review files
  • Ensure all the proper documents have been submitted
  • Retrieve from storage all applicable exhibits (evidence)
  • Prepare the courtroom with paper, pens, water, easels (if necessary) and electronic equipment
  • Ensure recording equipment is working

Judicial clerks are present at all court proceedings. They:

  • Open court and call the court to order
  • Read the charges and related information to the court and, if necessary, record the defendant’s plea
  • Amend indictments when necessary and endorse indictments with pertinent information
  • Swear in jury members, interpreters, witnesses and accused
  • Record final dispositions
  • Conduct roll calls and poll jurors
  • Ensure the security of exhibits (for example, money, drugs, negotiable bonds, weapons)
  • Accurately record proceedings by using recording equipment

After court is adjourned for the day, judicial clerks:

  • Prepare documents that record the outcome of proceedings
  • Secure exhibits and the courtroom
  • Prepare and issue orders of the court including probation orders, release documentation, sentencing information and summonses
  • Enter proceeding results

Depending on the size of the community, judicial clerks may perform all of the above duties or work in cooperation with other judicial clerks. In rural communities, judicial clerks may be responsible for providing support for the circuit court. While on circuit, they are responsible for all areas and are required to exercise independent judgment, calling the base court for direction if required.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 04, 2021
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg

Judicial clerks work in court and office settings. They work with judges, lawyers, witnesses, jurors, litigants, social workers and the general public. Because their duties bring them into contact with those accused of crimes, they must follow personal safety and security procedures. When present in court, judicial clerks are constantly exposed to the negative aspects of society. They must be able to maintain a professional distance.

Overtime is common in this occupation. It is not always easy to predict when court will adjourn and judicial clerks must perform their after-court duties before leaving for the day. They often work under intense pressure to complete documentation and meet deadlines. Travel is required for those who have circuit court responsibilities.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 04, 2021

Judicial clerks need:

  • Organizational and time-management skills
  • Communication skills in person and in writing
  • Decision-making skills
  • The ability to work alone
  • The ability to deal with stress

They should enjoy taking a methodical approach to compiling information, dealing with people and researching legal records.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 04, 2021
  • Minimum Education High school diploma

Requirements for employment as a judicial clerk include a high school diploma (or equivalent) and related experience in customer service or a legal setting. Graduation from a related post-secondary education program may be recognized as a substitute for the required work experience. A working knowledge of computers and good typing skills are essential.

In their first year of employment, judicial clerks receive in-house provincial paralegal and Court of Queen’s Bench paralegal training to further develop their skills.

Prior to enrolling in a formal training program, prospective students should investigate the suitability of the program and current employment prospects for graduates.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

ABM College

Academy of Learning - Calgary Central

Academy of Learning - Calgary NE

Academy of Learning - Edmonton Downtown

Academy of Learning - Edmonton South

Academy of Learning - Edmonton West

Academy of Learning - Medicine Hat

Academy of Learning - Red Deer

Bredin College of Business and Health Care - Red Deer

Bredin College of Business and Health Care - Spruce Grove

Campbell College Ltd.

Canadian Imperial College

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Calgary City Centre

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Calgary North

CDI College of Business, Technology and Health Care - Edmonton South

Grande Prairie Regional College

Grant MacEwan University

QCom College of Technology (QCT)

Reeves College - Calgary City Centre

Reeves College - Calgary North

Reeves College - Lethbridge

Robertson College - Calgary

Robertson College - Edmonton

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 04, 2021
  • Certification Not Regulated

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 04, 2021

In Alberta, judicial clerks are employed by the provincial or federal government. Advancement is based on completion of departmental paralegal training, performance and experience. A minimum of 6 years of work and supervisory experience generally is required to reach the highest classification level for judicial clerks.

Judicial clerks are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 1416: Court clerks. In Alberta, 98% of people employed in this classification work in the Public Administration [pdf] industry.

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Public Administration industry)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 1416: Court clerks occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 0 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 04, 2021

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Court clerks

2016 NOC : 1416
Average Wage
$29.53
Per Hour
Average Salary
$55,705.00
Per Year
Average Hours
36.3
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
12
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 1416 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
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Starting
Overall
Top

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $22.38 $28.62 $25.28 $26.34
Overall $24.59 $34.06 $29.53 $30.98
Top $27.28 $35.23 $30.95 $32.33

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Public Administration
ALL INDUSTRIES

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
N/A
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
N/A
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
N/A
Vacancy Rate
N/A
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Clerical and Administrative Support
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 04, 2021

Government of Alberta website, Alberta Crown Prosecution Service careers: alberta.ca/alberta-crown-prosecution-service.aspx

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Updated Mar 04, 2021. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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