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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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He has a BSc (Hons) degree in building surveying and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building and the Institute of Clerk of Works.
He became clerk of works at the major roadworks when repairs started in February.
Mr Melia, the cathedral's clerk of works, dashed in to work on his day off when he heard about the fire to pass on invaluable knowledge about the building.
John's grandfather was clerk of works in 1947 when Laing's took the greenfield site off McMullen Road and created the Patons & Baldwins estate, which became the largest wool manufacturing site in Europe.
By 1969 he had been promoted to clerk of works, a post he held for the next 23 years.
Contract Notice: To provide Clerk of Works Services for Drongan Primary School, Refurbishment for Community Use.
My uncle was clerk of works tothe Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool during the building of same - and my grandfather (maternal) was a stone-mason in Woolton Quarry, which provided the stone for the Anglican Cathedral, some being ferried by horse-drawn carts from the said quarry, to where the Anglican Cathedral stands today.
WRECKED: Paul Melia, cathedral clerk of works, examines the damaged screen
Contract Notice: Clerk of Works Services for Dalrymple Primary School - Refurbishment for Community Use
Jewellers in Birmingham, who specialise in municipal chains and insignia, have provided a temporary replacement that Mr Byrne, a retired clerk of works, wore for the first time yesterday.
Paul Melia, clerk of works at the cathedral, said they were hoping the novel idea would work.
Contract Notice: Renfrewshire Council are looking to appoint a Consultant to provide the services of a Quantity Surveyor for the Project and Clerk of Works services once the construction work begins on site across two separate sites; Johnstone Castle and ROF Bishopton.