Legal Clerk/Court Crier

Washington, D.C
Jul 30, 2021
Jul 31, 2021
Full Time


The Office of the Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is seeking a well-organized, detail-oriented, and reliable individual to serve as Legal Clerk/Court Crier. The incumbent assists the Special Counsel to the Clerk with responding to inquiries from parties regarding cases, researching legal questions, reviewing motions, and drafting orders. The incumbent serves as a back-up to the Courtroom Deputy and the Intake Deputy Clerk.
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Responds to inquiries from pro se litigants, attorneys, and other parties regarding cases, finalizes documents for filing, reviews motions and drafts orders, researches legal questions, and prepares memoranda. Prepares letters, notices, reports, and other correspondence. Receives and routes incoming materials from within the court and from the public to appropriate individuals in the court. Maintains, updates, and tracks paper and electronic files; makes copies and delivers documents to staff and chambers. Assists with scanning, copying, filing, stamping, and locating files and documents. Serves as back-up to the Courtroom Deputy, performing the full range of courtroom duties. Serves as back-up to the Intake Deputy Clerk. Performs customer service for the purpose of providing procedural information and collecting fees. Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
6 - JSP-4 to JSP-6, depending on qualifications.


Conditions of Employment

All positions in the Clerk's Office are "Excepted" appointments. Employees are considered "At-Will" and will serve a one-year probationary period. Employees must adhere to the Code of Conduct. Employees are subject to strict confidentiality requirements. The successful candidate is also subject to a background check and will be considered a provisional employee pending a favorable suitability determination. Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work for the United States government.


Applicant must be a high school graduate or equivalent and have at least one year of general experience to be considered for the JSP-4 level. A bachelor's degree is preferred. General experience consists of progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work that indicates the possession of, or the ability to acquire, the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position. To be considered for the JSP-6 level, an applicant must have one year of specialized experience. Specialized experience consists of progressively responsible clerical or administrative experience in a legal setting. Experience with word processing applications, web-based environments, and data entry is required. Experience in operating scanning and copying equipment is desirable. The successful applicant must be able to work with minimal supervision while maintaining a high level of productivity. Good judgment, the ability to apply concepts to determine what action needs to be taken, strong oral and written communication skills, and careful proofreading skills are essential.


Please read the "Qualifications" section.

Additional information

For benefits information, please visit for benefits with the Federal Judiciary.

The United States Court of Appeals is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Selected applicants will be subject to mandatory electronic transfer of funds for payment of net pay. The United States Courthouse is a smoke-free building.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applicants will also be evaluated based on their application and an interview.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

Please read the "How To Apply" section.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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