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A person employed in an office or government agency who performs various tasks such as keeping records or accounts, filing, letter writing, or transcribing. One who works in a store and whose job might include working as a cashier, selling merchandise, or waiting on customers.

A law clerk is either a law student employed by a licensed attorney to do mundane legal tasks and learn the law in the process, or a licensed lawyer working for a judge to aid in the writing and research of the cases before the judge.


n. 1) an official or employee who handles the business of a court or a system of courts, maintains files of each case, and issues routine documents. Almost every county has a clerk of the courts or County Clerk who fulfills those functions, and most courtrooms have a clerk to keep records and assist the judge in the management of the court. 3) a young lawyer who assists a judge or a senior attorney in research and drafting of documents, usually for a year or two, and benefits in at least two ways: learning from the judge and enjoying association with the judge. Law clerks for judges, particularly on the Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court, are chosen from among the top students graduating from law school. 2) a person who works in an office or a store who performs physical work such as filing, stocking shelves, or counter sales.


noun archivist, chronicler, copyist, court emmloyee, court official, court scribe, judicial administrator, juuicial assistant, judicial recorder, judicial secretary, office holder, office worker, official, prothonotary, recorder, record keeper, registrar, scriba, scribe, scrivener, secretary
Associated concepts: clerk of the county, clerk of the court, county clerk, papers filed with the clerk, town clerk
Foreign phrases: Errores scribentis nocere non debent. An error made by a clerk ought not to prejudice.


verb aid a judge, assist a judge, help a judge, work for a judge
See also: accountant, amanuensis, assistant


1 one who assists a solicitor. Formerly, if in training to become a solicitor, the assistant was known as an articled clerk.
2 a clerk to the justices in England or the clerk of court in Scotland is a legally qualified person who sits in court with lay justices to advise them on points of law. The clerk of the House is a senior official ofthe House of Commons.

CLERK, commerce, contract. A person in the employ of a merchant, who attends only to a part of his business, while the merchant himself superintends the whole. He differs from a factor in this, that the latter wholly supplies the place of his principal in respect to the property consigned to him. Pard. Dr. Com. n. 38, 1 Chit. Pract. 80; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1287.

CLERK, officer. A person employed in an office, public or private, for keeping records or accounts. His business is to write or register, in proper form, the transactions of the tribunal or body to which he belongs. Some clerks, however, have little or no writing to do in their offices, as, the clerk of the market, whose duties are confined chiefly to superintending the markets. In the English law, clerk also signifies a clergyman.

CLERK, eccl. law. Every individual, who is attached to the ecclesiastical state, and who has submitted to the ceremony of the tonsure, is a clerk.

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As offices increased in size and complexity, the demand for clerical workers expanded.
Fewer have acknowledged that accompanying this growth has been an increase in the number of supervisory positions for clerical workers.
She is the author of The Souls of the Skyscraper: Female Clerical Workers in Chicago, 1870-1930 (1990).
A job evaluation had taken place and the grade of the clerical worker substantially increased, but officers on that grade would not normally be entitled to overtime payments in accordance with conditions of service.
A clear demographic profile of the woman clerical worker emerged: she was "white, young, single, native-born, and lived with a family member" (31).
A clerical worker said yesterday: "Conditions are absolutely dreadful.
Sammi Purchase, a clerical worker from Great Barr, who is deaf and works in the force's Criminal Justice department said: "I think it is important for the police to consult with others about disability because the police can make a real difference.
Trevor Leonard, 60, clerical worker, Jesmond: If it is further from other bars then it is not fair to create more noisy.
A male clerical worker at the Royal Victoria Hospital was last night being questioned by detectives.
DALLAS: A former clerical worker convicted of abducting and killing a primary school teacher in 1987 was executed by injection in the third execution to take place in Texas this week.
Donna Swingler, aged 17, a clerical worker at Triton Showers in Nuneaton, will travel to the England training ground at Bisham Abbey on Tuesday during the build-up to the Sweden game at Wembley.
Karen Stokes, spared jail for the spree, was a clerical worker at Gateshead-based Screen Services.