What do courtroom clerks do?
Courtroom clerks are court officials who work for particular judges. Courtroom clerks have many duties. Typically, they:
- Verify that the parties are present in court. If a defendant fails to come to court when required, the courtroom clerk may assist the judge in preparing a bench warrant for that defendant’s arrest.
- Maintain the court calendar (sometimes called the “docket”), which lists the dates and times for trials and other matters.
- Prepare court orders for the judge to sign, such as an order granting a motion to exclude evidence.
- Keep custody of exhibits entered as evidence in a case and administer oaths to witnesses, jurors, and interpreters.
- Obtain for the judge’s reference and keep custody of case files maintained and stored in the courthouse clerk’s office.
- Assist the judge during a hearing or trial by marking and handling documents and other exhibits.