Magisterial District Court Clerk Job in Lancaster County, PA

Lancaster County, PA, Lancaster, PA, Openings : 1, Experience : Not Specified
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Position Summary


This is full performance clerical work carrying out specific procedural processes within a Magisterial District Court office. Assignments may require data entry or the use of other office equipment with emphasis on accomplishing assigned functions in accordance with the Magisterial District Judge Automated Office Clerical Procedures Manual promulgated by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.


This position reports directly to the M D C Clerk Supervisor


Receive and docket civil complaints; schedule civil hearings in coordination with the Judge’s schedule; prepare and send written notices of hearing to all parties; notify constables to arrange service when required by plaintiff; receive and record monies received for court costs and print receipts; account for such funds and process refunds when applicable upon case completion; establish and maintain files and computer records for all civil cases; update such records and docket sheets with all activity with each case.

Receive and date stamp motor vehicle citations; secure Magisterial District Judge signature on citation; send copy by certified mail to defendant; identify pending citations (i.e. unpaid) from computer tickler list; prepare warrants for open violations and notify constable and/or law enforcement officials for service; monitor and print DL-38 motor vehicle license suspension notices for moving violations and notify defendant and State; identify no response cases from license suspension tickler file; send license suspension final notice to State; establish and maintain files and computer records for all cases, and update same with all activity.

Receive visitors and callers to the office; answer questions from public, lawyers, representatives from other offices in the Court, the County, the State and related organizations, and the public about general functions and operations of the office and relationship with related offices; explain civil complaint process; provide information to attorneys and Court officials on particular cases; refer individuals to other officials and offices for related or further assistance.

Receive, review and process incoming mail; answer correspondence on civil and/or motor vehicle processes, referring complex and/or misdirected mail to more appropriate party; type or otherwise handle correspondence, memoranda, forms, and similar activity for the office; may receive and account for monies from a variety of sources.

Receive criminal complaints; prepare and print completed docket transcript form in all criminal cases; prepare summonses and/or warrants, depending on nature of complaint and consequent processing; notify constable and/or law enforcement agencies to arrange service; determine availability of and coordinate schedules for police officials, State, local and private attorneys; schedule preliminary hearings; prepare and send written notices of preliminary hearing to all parties; prepare subpoenas; notify constables to arrange service; prepare bail bonds; receive, write receipts for and record bail money; print daily schedule; distribute copies of bail bonds to all involved parties; establish and maintain files and related computer records for all criminal cases; update records and computer dockets with all activity in each case.

Receive fees, court costs, fines, and other monies; print receipts for same; record monies received; post to accounts; prepare bank deposits on daily basis; deliver deposits to bank; prepare weekly checks to County and State; balance accounts; prepare and submit monthly reports to the State and other jurisdictions on monies assessed and received. Issue checks to constables and restitution checks to victims.

Monitor and print summonses from computer report for non-traffic cases; monitor and print warrants for failure to pay and failure to respond.

Prepare payroll, office supply orders, petty cash reimbursement forms and other forms required by the Court Administration Office.


Attend any job-related training sessions or programs required by the Magisterial District Judge or Court of Common Pleas.

Performs related work as required..


  • Education equivalent to high school graduate, including course work in standard business practices;

  • One year of clerical and/or typing experience in an administrative, governmental, judicial or law enforcement setting;

  • Any equivalent combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge skills and ability to perform this job


Basic knowledge of clerical practices and procedures commonly employed in administrative, governmental, judicial and/or law enforcement offices;

Knowledge of English usage, grammar, spelling and punctuation as used in governmental or judicial offices;

Knowledge of operation of copier, fax, computer, computer applications, printers;

Ability to quickly learn and retain basic knowledge of the functions, programs, organization and operations of the Magisterial District Judge computer system;

Ability to organize workload, establish priorities and complete clerical processing requirements;

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, callers, visitors, attorneys, defendants, plaintiffs and representatives of other offices;

Ability to operate typewriting, copying, computing and other office equipment, if required by work assignment;

Ability to communicate effectively with members of the Judiciary, co-workers, representatives of other agencies, and the public;

Ability to recognize safety hazards and provide solution to concerns;

Ability to manage and organize assignments and prioritize work;

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;

Ability to resolve minor mechanical problems with office equipment, i.e., fax machine, copier, printers, etc


Successful completion of Background Investigation


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to sit, sometimes for long periods of time.

Ability to communicate with court and non-court personnel.

Ability to frequently move from one location to another within the court office with reasonable accommodations.

Ability to regularly lift and/or move case files or office supplies weighing up to 10 pounds. Occasionally there may be some lifting involving boxes of records and/or office supplies.

Ability to operate a PC and/or any other general office equipment.

Last Date For Apply: 23/Apr/2023 00:00:00 Job Type : Full Time, Employment Type : PermanentApply Here