Legal Clerk I/ii

County of Humboldt
Full Time $16 - $21 Per hour CA Humboldt County Department of Human & Health Services, 507 F St, Eureka, CA 95501, United States Apply before 5/24/2024 11:59


This is a County of Humboldt job position; however, the job application is submitted through Merit System Services.  To apply for this position, click on this link:  

Under close supervision, the Legal Clerk I learns to perform specialized and responsible office support work involving knowledge of legal terminology and procedures; and performs related work as required.

The Legal Clerk I classification is the entry/trainee level in the Legal Clerk series. Incumbents learn child support legal terminology and procedures. Incumbents are expected to learn the full range of duties and advance to the journey level Legal Clerk II after one year of satisfactory performance at the I level.


  • Learns to process, maintain, and prepare a variety of legal forms, records and reports; verifies that information or data is complete, accurate, consistent, and in conformance with prescribed format, procedure, and regulations.
  • Reviews and investigates confidential information from agencies and processes other related documents to locate absent parents and open cases; interviews custodial party and explains procedures.
  • Determines acceptability of information and proper action to be taken based on established oral or written instructions.
  • Contacts various agencies and organizations regarding releases of liens, case settlements, etc.
  • Receives, assembles, and maintains files and other information related to court actions; updates computer information; maintains court calendars by scheduling and reviewing court dates; and files information or forwards to staff members.
  • Processes and files pleadings, orders, judgments, and a variety of other records in the Superior Court or Municipal Court.
  • Identifies and corrects deletions or errors in accordance with prescribed format; and follows up to secure additional information as needed.
  • May use a typewriter, word-processor, or other electronic document production device to produce a variety of legal documents including Notice of Hearing, Subpoenas, Petitions, Jurisdictional, Dispositional, Dismissals, Monthly and Special Reviews, and Special orders in addition to letters, reports, and fiscal or statistical reports.
  • Types from electronic recording devices; proofs typewritten materials for grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, format, layout, and clarity of language; may verify the completeness and accuracy of references.
  • Receives calls for attorneys, provides information based on interpretation of policies and procedures and follows up, as needed.
  • Logs reports from law enforcement agencies; searches for prior offenses. Receives discovery requests and processes information; prepares various legal documents, including subpoenas, warrants and petitions; files with court and/or distributes to parties.
  • Maintains child support information, including entering information into the computer system; calendars court dates; and serves as court liaison regarding related matters.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of: 

  • Modern office procedures, techniques, and equipment.
  • Clerical and department work practices, procedures, specific rules, precedence, and regulations.
  • Proper English grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Knowledge of legal terminology, phraseology, documents, and procedures.
  • Business letter writing, filing, indexing, and recording systems and procedures.
Ability to:
 Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
Interpret and apply laws, rules, and policies.
Exercise independent judgment in determining and selecting the appropriate processes, alternatives, forms, and desired actions within the bonds of established work practices, procedures, and commonly used regulations. 
Prepare and maintain accurate and comprehensive reports and records.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Use discretion in organizing work and carrying out assignments with minimum supervision.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (Education and/or Experience)
A. One (1) year of experience as an Office Assistant II;
OR B. Two (2) years of experience performing clerical work. 

Some positions in this classification may require possession of a valid California driver's license. Employees who drive on County business to carry out job-related duties must possess a valid California driver's license for the class of vehicle driven and meet automobile insurability requirements of the County. Eligibility for employment for those who do not meet this requirement due to disability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the appointing authority.