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PRINCIPAL COURT CLERK - Criminal/Traffic Docketing

St. Louis County Circuit Court
January 24, 2024

Principal Court Clerk

A position with the Missouri Judiciary provides you the opportunity to work with a variety of exceptional, hardworking people and to gain a valuable and rewarding career. It takes many types of talent to advance the mission of the Missouri Judiciary and to keep operations running smoothly. Our positions offer competitive benefit programs, growth opportunities and the ability to work with people in your community.

We are recruiting to fill a Principal Court Clerk position which is highly responsible advanced work using an electronic filing system in a court within the Missouri State Court System. Work involves responsibility for court case processing which requires the application of independent judgment and the application of statutes, policies and regulations with minimal supervision. Work requires frequent interaction with the public providing exceptional customer service. Work may also involve financial record keeping within an automated case management system, providing direct clerical support for a circuit judge or associate circuit judge providing a full range of responsibilities within the division's jurisdiction. Work may also involve exercising direct supervision over subordinate court personnel. Position may assume the responsibility for the office during the absence of the circuit clerk.

Perform supervisory and technical clerical work in the Criminal Traffic - Docketing Department which will include the following duties: Direct supervision in the overall management of the Criminal/Traffic docketing clerks; interview; train and counsel employees; assign, direct and review the work of subordinate employees; prepare and conduct employee evaluations; schedule and approve leave requests; assist in the preparation and implementation of new and revised procedures and processes; prepare time sheets; substitute for supervisors and subordinates when necessary; assure completeness and accuracy of documents filed through the court's electronic filing system; scan and attach documents by using DMS in the case management system; answer inquiries and furnish information to judges, attorneys, court personnel, and the public in person and by telephone, and perform other duties as required.

Other key responsibilities include: (The following duties are representative of this position, not comprehensive.)



  • Performs case processing in receiving and initiating case files; performs technical duties such as reviewing judgments, preparing warrants, summonses, garnishments and executions, bond settings, and docket control.


  • Reviews legal documents for necessary information required for filing; determines processing required and takes necessary action in accordance with court rules requiring a detailed knowledge of applicable terminology, rules, and procedures.


  • Performs accounting duties in receiving and disbursing monies, reconciles financial accounts, and prepares daily and monthly financial reports.


  • Provides information and customer assistance in person via telephone, email or other mediums (without giving legal advice) (i.e., pro se litigants, attorneys, reporters, law enforcement, other judicial agencies, co-workers, supervisors and judges).


  • Prepares a variety of documents related to court operations including court orders, court calendars, notices of hearings, court appearances or reports, and coordinates the flow of documents necessary for court assignments; and properly queues electronically filed proceedings for processing.


Desired skills and knowledge: (This job description does not include specific physical requirements necessary to perform the job, such as, carrying, standing and lifting. Such requirements vary from position to position and may be determined by the appointing authority)



  • Comprehensive knowledge of court procedures and policies, legal documents, laws and legal factors pertaining to the court.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of organization operations, functions and scope of authority of the court.


  • Ability to work independently and manage time effectively while handling a high-volume workload in an environment subject to frequently changing priorities and high stress.


  • Ability to exercise good judgment and make independent decisions in accordance with general policy and objectives.


  • Ability to maintain a variety of complex records and prepare reports from an automated system.


Minimum qualifications: (Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted on a year for year basis provided a high school diploma or GED has been obtained):

Associate's Degree in a related field or at least 60 semester hours from an institution of higher learning and three years of varied administrative experience performing a wide range of technical office duties, one year of which in a supervisory capacity.

EMPLOYEES MAY BE EXPOSED TO: Evidence and testimony that may be disturbing, such as photographs of violent scenes and victims and or sexually explicit material; evidence that may include syringes, drugs, weapons and blood; the public who may potentially be verbally or physically abusive, allergens, such as perfumes and dust; and unpleasant odors, such as unwashed clothing or chemicals offered into evidence.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and have a strong commitment to diversity in all its forms. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who will assist us in demonstrating our essential values of excellence, integrity, justice, stewardship, teamwork and partnership.

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