Washington State Paralegal Association

Court Clerk - Seattle Municipal Court - Seattle, WA

08/27/2021 11:37 AM | Anonymous

Court Clerk (Job #2021-01195)

Salary: $28.26 - $32.90 Hourly

Location: Seattle Justice Center, 600 5th Ave., Seattle, Washington

Job Type: Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time44

Shift: Day

Department: Seattle Municipal Court

Bargaining Unit: Teamsters, Local 763 - Municipal Court

Closing Date: 09/07/21 04:00 PM Pacific Time Seattle Municipal Court’s mission is to provide a forum for citizens to resolve alleged violations of the law in a respectful, independent, and impartial manner. The Court is dedicated to advancing social justice issues by supporting personal, structural, and systemic change in our community, and building a diverse workforce. Candidates with the ability to effectively work with multi-cultural communities are encouraged to apply.

Court Clerks work within The Clerk’s Office, which includes all courtroom clerks, jury operations and court records. They play a critical role in the courtroom and prepare the official record of all courtroom sessions through SMC’s electronic case filing system and audio recordings. They work closely as a team with our judges, magistrates, bailiffs, defense attorneys, prosecuting attorneys, interpreters, and other criminal justice partners. This is an exciting time to join the court as we work to develop a new case management system to help the court become even more innovative and efficient.

You will be successful in this role if you have a passion for:

Public service and playing a part in justice system
Working in a fast-paced collaborative work environment Providing excellent service to internal and external customers Learning new systems

Your effectiveness in this role will depend on your ability to:

Be an active listener and utilize good communication skills
Learn and adapt to frequent changes in law, policy, work assignments, technology, processes, and procedures
Exercise discretion, maintain confidentiality, and interact tactfully with a diverse group of people
Multi-task accurately and independently while paying careful attention to the details Maintain flexibility and professionalism when fulfilling responsibilities for assigned courtrooms and calendars
Remain calm, positive, and have a sense of humor while working in a tense environment

You will feel prepared if you have experience:

Working inside or in support of a criminal courtroom.
Using Word, Excel, and database computer programs with intermediate proficiency.

The person in this role must be able to work any shift Monday through Saturday and holidays, and maintain regular, reliable, and punctual attendance. The Court may consider applicants from this recruitment process for other part-time, temporary, and full-time Court Clerk openings that may come available within the next six months.

Job Responsibilities:

Accurately records and reviews details of court proceedings and a variety of case related information into a court database (ECF, FTR & MCIS).
Monitors court proceedings to schedule court dates, answer questions and ensure processes happen according to policy.

Handles multiple tasks including scheduling court dates; answering questions; responding to emails; and monitoring the court proceedings.
Listens and communicates information between judges, attorneys, defendants, court personnel, outside agencies and the public.

Maintains confidentiality with highly sensitive information.
Remains calm and professional throughout stressful court proceedings.
Engages in training with co-workers. Shares knowledge and courtroom processes/procedures with team members.
Keeps current on changing court technology, policies, and procedures in a constantly changing environment.

Minimum Qualifications:

Equivalent of one year of experience in a court clerk or other similarly related experience, or a combination of education, training, and/or experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the work of the position.

Examples of related experience include accurately record and maintain database entries, manage large and complex calendars, transcription (transcribing meeting minutes, faculty lectures or medical information), handle sensitive/confidential information, work with executives and the public providing guidance around rules, policies, procedures and/or laws.

Why Work at the City

The City of Seattle recognizes every City employee must play a role in ending institutional and structural racism. Our culture is the result of our behavior, our personal commitments, and the ways that we courageously share our perspectives and encourage others to do the same. To cultivate an antiracist culture, we seek employees who will engage in dismantling racist policies and procedures, unlearn the way things have always been done, and create and provide equitable processes and services.


The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental vision, life, and long-term disability insurance for employees. For more information go to this “Benefits at a Glance Guide”.

Hiring Process

Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered:
1. Completed NEOGOV online application and supplemental questions.
2. Cover letter and resume describing how your skills and experience align with the stated job

Responsibilities and Qualifications.

  • Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

  • A job offer is contingent upon successfully passing the court's background check. The background check includes a criminal history background review, fingerprinting and reference checks.

  • This position is represented by an agreement between the Teamsters Local 763 union and the Seattle Municipal Court.

  • The candidate hired, must complete a one-year probationary period.

  • The Court may consider applicants from this recruitment process for other part-time, temporary, and full-time Court Clerk openings that may come available within the next six months.

    LINK TO APPLY: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/seattle/jobs/3210771/court-clerk-job-2021-01195

    Who May Apply: This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, veterans and those with diverse life experiences. Accommodations for people with disabilities are provided on request. The City is a Drug Free Workplace.

Washington State Paralegal Association
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