Courtroom Clerk (Judicial Services Specialist 3)

Oregon Judicial Department | Salem, OR

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Posted Date 1/14/2022

VACCINATION POLICY UPDATE: The policy of the Oregon Judicial Department requires all new employees, rehired employees and new temporary employees to initiate COVID-19 vaccination prior to hire and complete their COVID-19 vaccination series no later than 30 days post-hire, unless the employee receives a medical or religious exception/accommodation. New employees must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception/accommodation prior to commencing employment. OJD requires additional safety measures for unvaccinated employees that may include bi-weekly testing. For more information email

NOTE: This recruitment may be used to fill more than one position.


Application Tips

  • Workday times out after approximately 15 minutes of inactivity. 

  • REQUIRED: A cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the Minimum Qualifications, Special Qualifications, and Requested Skills and Attributes, listed below.

  • Prepare your cover letter before starting your Workday application.

  • REQUIRED: a completed work history, either through your completion of the Job History (internal candidate) or Work Experience (external candidate) portion of your Workday profile, OR by attaching an updated resume.

  • Your cover letter and work history must demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications, Special Qualifications, and Requested Skills and Attributes, listed below.

  • You must follow all Instructions to be considered for this position.

  • Failure to provide a completed work history and cover letter will result in your removal from consideration.


The Douglas County Circuit Court is hiring a Courtroom Clerk (Judicial Services Specialist 3). The primary purpose of this role is to provide moderate to complex  administrative support to judges and perform clerical tasks to assure that court operations function smoothly.


The courts serve the public, and many of our customers are facing challenging life circumstances, high levels of stress, or confusion about their next courses of action. We value reliability and accuracy because we are a team providing access to justice and serving our community.


As a Courtroom Clerk…

You will spend a lot of your workday in a courtroom logging court events in real-time. You will record court events using specific software applications and a computer. You will troubleshoot equipment issues and communicate them immediately to the judge or judicial staff to ensure proceedings remain on the record. You will generate case documents, ready them for signature, and will also review documents for accuracy and completeness. You will be using a computer to enter information on electronic case records, including scheduling next appearances and scanning documents. You will also manage exhibits received during trial until turned over to the exhibit clerk or return to the appropriate party.  Attending meetings and serving on committees while taking and disbursing minutes will be part of your duties. 


You will have frequent interaction with law enforcement, judges, attorneys, parties to cases, and with many people who are facing challenging life circumstances or stressful situations. You will be expected to act professionally to all people whom you may encounter. You will use established policies and procedures to perform your work, while also ensuring statutory requirements are met. 


Most importantly, you will be providing access to justice services within our community and ensuring people's cases navigate through the court system in a timely manner, reflecting the most current information. Assigned tasks may be changed to accommodate workload and organizational needs. We welcome all candidates who are inspired by our work and mission


What can help you get a chance to interview?
It’s important to know your application will be read by an actual person, not a computer algorithm. When we read your cover letter, we are looking to see if you are writing to us, at OJD, and whether you have addressed the Requested Skills and Attributes listed below. Using a generic cover letter is likely not going to get you an interview, so please take the time needed to personalize your cover letter.


Instructions for Cover Letter, Work History or Resume

This recruitment requires a cover letter and a complete work history that addresses the Requested Skills and Attributes. To be considered for this position, you must follow these instructions:


Resume/Work History

  • Attach your updated resume in the Resume / CV / Cover Letter section of the application.  The attached resume file should include your name.


  • Complete the Job History/Work Experience portion of your Workday profile if you are not using an updated resume.


Cover Letter

  • Attach your cover letter (not to exceed two pages) in the Resume / CV / Cover Letter section of the application. The attached cover letter file should include your name.

  • In the body of your cover letter, please include responses to all five (5) Requested Skills and Attributes listed below.

  • Address the cover letter “To the Hiring Manager.”


Failure to follow these above points may result in rejection of your application.

All application materials will be evaluated for consistency of information, and your letter will be evaluated for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and language use in addition to demonstrated experience.


Minimum Qualifications

(These must be evident in your resume for full consideration.)

The qualified applicant must have at least two (2) years of responsible, clerical experience in a moderately complex office or business setting involving the processing of financial, administrative, or legal documents. 
Possession of a high school diploma or GED, or equivalent life or work experience. 
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to three (3) years that supports the knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.

Special Qualifications
(These must be verifiable in your application.)


Requested Skills and Attributes
(These must be verifiable in your application and addressed in your cover letter for full consideration.)

  • Experience providing direct administrative support to one or more persons.

  • Experience using a computer for data entry, scheduling, and to manage and maintain records; experience should be within the past five years.

  • Experience maintaining focus and accuracy during interruptions, distractions, or noise.

  • Experience ensuring the accuracy of forms, memos or other documents.

  • Experience working in a court or legal environment is desirable but not required. 

Working Conditions

  • This is a full-time position and the work schedule currently is 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is eligible for overtime compensation for hours worked in excess of 40 per work week.

  • Occasional after-hours or overtime work may be required.

  • Frequent phone and in-person interaction with people from diverse backgrounds.

  • Frequent phone and in-person interaction with people who may be facing challenging life circumstances or highly stressful situations.

  • Frequent long periods of sitting in the courtroom.

  • Handling and is exposure to hazardous chemicals (drugs) and weapons that are introduced into court as exhibits.

  • Regular use of the following equipment: telephone, assigned computer with multiple monitors, copy machine, fax machine, and scanner.

  • Frequent lifting, bending, twisting, kneeling, and standing may be required.

  • Lifting up to 25 pounds of office material or equipment may be required.


Criminal Background Check

You will be subject to a criminal background check if you are a finalist. Adverse results are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may result in disqualification if the circumstances are directly related to the duties and responsibilities of the position.
United States Employment Eligibility
OJD does not offer visa sponsorships. If you are hired, you will be required to fill out the US Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming you are able to work in the US.
Future Vacancies
Apply now if you are interested in this or future vacancies. This job announcement may be used to fill future vacancies in this class of work.
Veterans' Preference
Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given preference in the recruitment process. To receive preference, veterans must attach the appropriate documentation after they receive an email in their Workday in box requesting the information to verify eligibility. The action item, asking veterans to attach their documentation, will arrive after they have submitted their initial application materials. Visit the Oregon job opportunities Veterans web page for additional details, information, and resources.
Conduct Expectations
Because of the Oregon Judicial Department's role in providing justice and upholding the rule of law, employees of the Department are required to meet the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics while on the job, and also to maintain those same high standards when taking actions in their personal lives that could reflect on the Department. As an employee, you will be expected to preserve the confidentiality of information received in the course of OJD employment.
Pay Equity
As an employer, the Oregon Judicial Department complies with Oregon’s pay equity law. We determine salary from applicable professional experience and education. For more information on pay equity, click here.
Employee Benefits
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Questions and Support

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Listing Type
Government/Public Agency
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Mid Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$3,201 - $5,214
Salary Type

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