Court and legal clerks provide administrative support to members of the legal profession associated with day-to-day functions of courts and legal offices.

Where court and legal clerks are employed

Most court clerks work in the metropolitan area although there are some positions in country areas. Court clerks are employed by state, territory and federal governments in courts such as the Federal Court, Supreme Court, Family Law Courts, Magistrates Courts and district and local courts as well as some tribunals.

Experienced court clerks may find opportunities for advancement in administration and management within the court systems as well as in the state or territory and Australian public sectors.

There are opportunities for temporary and casual work in this field.

Court clerks are employed by the Courts Administration Authority of South Australia.


Full-time court and legal clerks in South Australia generally earn between $1,000 and $1,249 per week.

Graph of pay scales for court legal clerk

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 511 people employed full-time as court and legal clerks in South Australia compared with 496 in 2006.

How to become one

You can work as a court clerk without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. However the courts prefer you to gain your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a vocational education and training (VET) qualification in legal services, legal practice, law (paralegal studies) or justice.

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

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Career information has been sourced from government publications, see data sources for more information.

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