Unit Group

5992 Court and Legal Clerks

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5992 Court and Legal Clerks

Court and Legal Clerks provide administrative and operational support to Legal Professionals by performing clerical work associated with the functions of courts, legal practices and the administration of trusts and estates. Legal Secretaries, Court Reporters and Legal Executives are excluded from this unit group.

Legal Secretaries are included in Unit Group 5212 Secretaries. Court Reporters are included in Unit Group 5321 Keyboard Operators, in Occupation 532112 Machine Shorthand Reporter. Legal Executives are included in Unit Group 5991 Conveyancers and Legal Executives.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • listing actions for hearing and processing documentation for court actions
  • documenting details of court proceedings, actions and decisions
  • enforcing the law as an officer of the court by executing court orders such as eviction notices
  • serving legal orders and documents such as summonses and subpoenas
  • organising jury and witness lists, and summonsing and swearing in juries and witnesses
  • maintaining order in court and hearing rooms and adjacent areas
  • assisting Solicitors in areas of conveyancing, contracts, common law, probate and other legal practice matters
  • satisfying statutory requirements, establishing beneficial entitlements and distributing assets
  • maintaining probate and trust files, investing trust funds and administering accounts


  • 599211 Clerk of Court
  • 599212 Court Bailiff or Sheriff (Aus) / Court Collections Officer (NZ)
  • 599213 Court Orderly (Aus) / Court Registry Officer (NZ)
  • 599214 Law Clerk
  • 599215 Trust Officer

599211 Clerk of Court

Administers court registry services and performs administrative functions in support of Judges and Magistrates.

Skill Level: 3

599212 Court Bailiff or Sheriff (Aus) / Court Collections Officer (NZ)

Implements court orders and serves legal orders and summonses as an officer of the court.

Skill Level: 3


  • Sheriff's Officer (Aus)

599213 Court Orderly (Aus) / Court Registry Officer (NZ)

Alternative Titles:

  • Court Attendant
  • Court Officer

Provides operational support to a court or registry.

Skill Level: 3


  • Court Usher

599214 Law Clerk

Alternative Title:

  • Legal Clerk

Performs specialised clerical work associated with legal practice and law courts.

Skill Level: 3

599215 Trust Officer

Alternative Title:

  • Trust Clerk

Administers trusts, estates and settlements on behalf of beneficiaries.

Skill Level: 3

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