Court Clerk
King County - Seattle, WA

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Scope of Responsibility: This is a technical position which provides clerical support for the operation of the court. King County District Court Clerks work under the direction of the assigned Court Director or designee. Although the District Court Clerk has an immediate supervisor, the clerk is accountable to all Management and Judges. The employee occupying the position of District Court Clerk shall learn all functions within a Division including: criminal, traffic, civil, small claims, domestic violence, name changes, anti-harassment, accounting and data entry. This is a public service position that requires effective interaction with the public, both on the telephone and in person. This position requires knowledge of legal terminology, documents and procedures in addition to general clerical competence. District Court Clerks maintain court files, prepare warrants, subpoenas, calendars, enter all cases filed into the computer, as well as record courtroom proceedings, and perform other clerical duties as required. Who may apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants. Candidates who are fluent in speaking Spanish are encouraged to apply.
Work schedule: This is a full time, benefit-eligible position, working a 40 hour work week. Work location: This position may be located in any one of the King County District Court locations. Please indicate your preference under question # 1 in the Supplemental Questionnaire. Additional materials required : (1) a resume, (2) Letter of Interest that describes how you meet or exceed the requirements of this position and (3) a list of three professional references must be included. NOTE: Complete all sections of the application and include all required materials. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of your application. Statements such as “see resume” do not substitute for completing or submitting any portions of the application. Please note that you can attach multiple documents to your application. Your options are: 1. Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application. 2. Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.
King County District Court Profile: King County District Court is the largest court of limited jurisdiction in the State of Washington and is currently responsible for processing approximately a quarter of a million matters per year. The Court is a leader in many areas involving public safety and access to justice, including the use of problem solving courts, jail alternative programs, technology and judge-managed probation services. Thirteen cities contract with King County for judicial services that are provided by the Court. The Court is administered by the Chief Administrative Officer and a Leadership Team composed of Court Directors who are committed to excellence. King County District Court takes pride in providing quality public service in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

Job Duties:
Process criminal, traffic, civil, small claims, petitions for domestic violence, name changes and anti-harassment orders from filing to final disposition. Process payments of court fines and bail/bonds. Record and receipt payments according to established court procedures. Accurately and completely enter, update, retrieve, prepare and process court related documents using the court computer system (DISCIS). Maintain court documents in the court’s electronic records system. Accurately schedule cases, notify necessary parties and prepare court calendars using approved forms. Effectively coordinate courtroom proceedings. Record all hearings, maintain court dockets, chart and maintain exhibits and process orders of the court. Maintain equipment, certifications and recordings of all proceedings. Respond to inquiries from the general public, attorneys, police and other agencies both verbally and in writing. Perform special projects and assignments as developed and required by supervisor(s). Perform other court duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:
Possess excellent human relations skills and the ability to maintain poise and composure under pressure, recognizing this is a public service position. Ability to effectively work in a culturally diverse environment. Ability to work independently to plan, organize and coordinate assigned tasks to coincide with others in the division and/or department. Ability to effectively communicate a wide variety of information relating to inquiries from the general public, attorneys, police and other agencies both verbally and in writing. Skilled in organization, follow through and must be detail oriented. Knowledge of general accounting functions to process payments of court fines and bail/bonds, record and receipt payments according to established court procedures. Data entry and word processing skills. Knowledge of general office practices, procedures and equipments. Ability to operate a multi-line telephone system. Excellent computer skills, including experience in word processing and data management applications in a Windows environment. Secretarial skills including note taking and record keeping. A High School Diploma/GED and two years clerical experience. Ability to keyboard a minimum of 40 wpm. A keyboarding exam will be administered as part of the selection process.

Supplemental Information:
Special requirements: Union membership is required within 30 days of employment. Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities : Fluency in speaking Spanish. Selection process: Application materials will be screened for relevant experience, qualification, knowledge and skills, and the most competitive candidates will be invited for further testing and possible interviews. Candidates selected for an interview are required to have had two years prior clerical experience and have successfully completed the pre-employment keyboarding examination with a minimum of 40 wpm. Any employment offer will be contingent upon the results of a criminal background investigation and fingerprinting. If you have questions regarding this position, please call Prakash Meloot at 206.296.3572.

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