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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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.

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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.
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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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As a ward clerk Jan made sure patients' notes were up-to-date and helped discharge or transfer them as required.
To do this we need to see an urgent increase in the number of ward clerks and other clerical support roles.
Beginning with the excellent calming professionalism of the paramedics, through many A&E Medical and Nursing Staff and then up to Ward 2Y (where I don't believe I could've received better care had I been a private patient) doctors, nurses and healthcare assistants, physiotherapist, O.T, ward clerk, catering and cleaning staff were ALL professional, courteous and caring.
Ward clerk, Maureen Gaunt, said: "The team on Ward 8 wanted to make Leonard and May feel special, especially for their wedding anniversary.
It's very sad when parents are forced to go to work six days a week to earn enough money to support their children." Angela has enrolled at Australian Catholic University as a mature-age student, while working as a casual ward clerk at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital.
Claire Roberts, a hospital ward clerk and mum of Caitlin, 14, and 10-year-old twins Jack and Olivia, said: "The whole school is in uproar.
Even then, Ms Noone was reluctant to say anything against him, but when she was taken to hospital she confided in a cousin who was working there as a ward clerk.
Ward clerk Donna Dell brought her granddaughter Emmi, 11 months, to the event.
Emily, a ward clerk at Newcastle General Hospital, is now backing the Group B Strep Association and Meningitis UK to push out the message.
She worked at the Westboro State Hospital as a ward clerk and phlebotomist for 23 years retiring seven years ago.
Julia Brown, a ward clerk and part-time healthcare assistant at Wansbeck District Hospital, came under suspicion from her superiors after a spate of thefts at her workplace.