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What Clerks of the Court do across the Nation

Typically, most courts have a position for a clerk of the court that is usually filled by a paralegal, though in some
jurisdictions, this position can only be held by attorneys. The duties and responsibilities required from clerks of
the court across the nation can be grasped from this general state-wise sampling given below.

Alabama: The chief clerk of the probate court                   In Delaware clerks of the family court are appointed
administers oaths, receives documents and proofs                by the chief judge and have the authority to issue
of instruments of certification, and where there is no          summonses and warrants.
contest, the chief clerk exercises the authority of a
probate judge.                                                  Maryland: The chief judge appoints the chief
                                                                administrative clerk of the district court. The chief
Arkansas: The clerk of the county court is an elected           administrative clerk is responsible for the maintenance
position. The clerk needs to attend each session of the         and operation of clerical staff and supervision of
court and keep accurate record of its proceedings. The          dockets, records and other papers.
clerk of the county court is also responsible to maintain
a regular account of the county treasury and papers             Texas: In Texas, the position of the clerk of the county
dealing with settlements of accounts of the county.             court is filled through election. The duties of the clerk
                                                                of the county court includes administering oaths, taking
California: The clerk of the municipal court has                depositions, issuing marriage licenses, and acting as
the authority to appoint deputies and maintains the             the keeper of court and country records. The clerk
minutes and other records of the courts.                        of the county court also has the authority to appoint
Colorado: Clerks of the county court in Colorado
maintain both financial and judicial records.                   Hawaii: The position of the land court registrar can
                                                                be filled by a paralegal and he/she attends all sessions
Delaware: The clerks of the court of common pleas               of court, keeps dockets, and seals all papers and
keep records of the court proceedings. The clerk is             processes. The land court registrar keeps custody of
also in charge of receiving and paying all fees, costs,         documents, administers oaths and receives fees. Maine
and fines. The clerk of the court of common pleas               and Massachusetts also requires similar duties from the
also administers oaths and issues commitments and               registrar of probate in those states.
executions. This is not an elected position, and the
clerk of the court of common pleas is appointed by

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