Courtroom Clerk

U.S. Federal Government - Washington, DC4.3

Full-time$46,000 - $60,000 a year
The Courtroom Clerk is responsible for capturing and maintaining a verbatim record of court proceedings and for entering case information during and after the proceedings. The Courtroom Clerk also supports the operations of the courts.

This announcement will create a roster for all Superior Court Courtroom Clerk positions. If you previously applied for a Courtroom Clerk position, you must reapply for consideration.

The Courtroom Clerk duties include some or all of the following:

Assembles all cases to be heard by the court prior to the judge taking the bench.
Records judicial proceedings and decisions on official court documents.
Administers oaths to witnesses and impanels juries.
Prepares judicial summonses, bench warrants, arrest warrants and other legal documents as directed by a judge.
Identifies and accounts for exhibits. Advises defendants of rights and penalties for violation of conditions of release.
Manages the operations of the courtroom of the DC Superior Court, and performs administrative support as assigned.
Travel Required
Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
0986 Legal Assistance

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Conditions of Employment
A background and security investigation is required.
A probationary period of on (1) year.

To qualify for this position, you must submit the following:
1. Resume
2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
3. Documentation /Proof of Education (e.g. copy of HS diploma, GED certificate, college transcript or degree)
4. List of professional references

All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement.

Minimum Qualifications: High School Diploma or GED plus three (3) years of experience in a court, legal or office environment. Education above the high school or GED levels will be substituted for work experience.

Must provide documentation of education or your application will not be considered.

Must possess the ability to: multi-task, get along with a diverse group of people, accurately type in real time while monitoring a proceeding, attention to detail, attentiveness, organized, and able to work under pressure.

Some familiarity with the criminal judicial system, judicial branch or legal terminology is preferred.

Please note that authorization for the release of your adult criminal record revealing any convictions and forfeitures, and any criminal cases currently pending before the courts are required. If you are selected for the position, a criminal history records check will be conducted.

The incumbent should be an enthusiastic and engaged professional who enjoys working with a diverse group of Court personnel and customers and lives the DC Courts' values of Accountability, Excellence, Fairness, Integrity, Fairness, Integrity, Respect and Transparency.

To qualify based on education, upload copy of your college transcript or degree. The transcript must show the name of the college or university, your name, list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.

Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education to meet the above requirements.

Additional information
This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil services.

Please note there is a mandatory one-year probationary period for all non-judicial new employees.

Submission of all required information is a must by the closing date.

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your supporting documentation will be reviewed to ensure you meet minimum qualifications requirements. All applicants who meet minimum qualifications take a typing, language arts (grammar, punctuation, and spelling), and records management (numeric filing) test. Applicants must type 40 WPM. An interview will be required of the highest qualified candidates as vacancies become available. The District of Columbia Courts conducts background and reference checks.

Please note: If you previously passed the Courtroom Clerk test, you do not need to retest for this position.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
1. Resume
2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
3. Documentation /Proof of Education (e.g. copy of HS diploma, GED certificate, college transcripts or diploma)
4. List of professional references

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

This is not a federal position.

The District of Columbia Courts is an independent agency of the District of Columbia Government and is not under the authority of the City Mayor or the D. C. Council. DC Courts' appropriation comes directly from Congress. All DC Courts non-judicial employees receive federal benefits for the following programs: Life Insurance, Retirement Benefits, Health Insurance and Workers Compensation.

Please click on the following for more information about these benefits:

The DC Courts leave policy is as follows:
Annual Leave: New full-time employees earn four (4) hours of annual leave each two week pay period. After three years of service this increases to six (6)hours every two weeks, and at 15 years it increases to eight(8)hours every two weeks. Most military, federal and District of Columbia government service counts toward the time required to go into the next higher annual leave category. Employees can carry over no more than 240 hours of annual leave into the next leave year.

Sick Leave is used for personal medical needs, care of a family member, or adoption related purposes. Full-time employees earn four(4)hours of sick leave every two weeks. This leave can be accrued without limit.

In addition to the federal health plans, the DC courts offeres employees supplemental vision and dental plans as well as commuter transit benefits subsidy, for a maximum of $150 a month.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.