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Clerical Asst. Jobs With State Courts Start at $39,905 

Positions Throughout State; Tests in July and August; $30 Examination Fee; Apply by July 2

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The New York State Unified Court System will hold tests for clerical-assistant positions throughout the state starting July 16 and ending Aug. 18. The salary is $39,905. 

The deadline to file an online application for the exam is July 2. The fee is $30.

The Work

Clerical Assistants work on a variety of office-support and clerical tasks such as checking, sorting, filing, scanning and retrieving court papers; keyboarding and data-entering information; and responding to public inquiries.

Clerical Assistants may work at public counters as information clerks, in courts of every jurisdiction as part clerks in those parts that operate on less than a full-time basis, and perform other related duties. Clerical Assistants are located in courts of every jurisdiction, County Clerks' and Commissioners of Jurors' Offices, law libraries and administrative offices and auxiliary agencies throughout the Unified Court System.

Applicants will be emailed an examination self-scheduling link about July 9.

The deadline to self-schedule the examination will be Aug. 9. Scheduling will be on a first-come, first-served basis, although dates times and test centers are not guaranteed.

Subject of Examination

The examination will consist of multiple-choice questions and will assess clerical checking; coding and decoding; filing; reading, understanding and interpreting written material; number facility; preparing written material; applying facts and information to given situations; and court record-keeping.

The questions will assess applicants’ ability to read, combine and manipulate written information organized from several sources. Applicants will be presented with different types of tables, which contain names, numbers, codes and other information, and must combine and reorganize the information to answer specific questions.

A promotion examination, Clerical Assistant (55-813), is being held in conjunction with this examination. The promotion list will be used to make appointments in advance of those made from the list established from the open-competitive examination.

The passing mark is 70.

Disabled (10 points) and non-disabled (5 points) veterans who are eligible for extra credit will have the appropriate number of points added to the final rating if otherwise successful in the examination. Eligible veterans should claim the credits when they file the application.

Application Criteria

To be eligible to compete in this examination, candidates must by July 2 have a high school diploma or the equivalent and one year of clerical or data-recording experience. Thirty college-level credits may be substituted for each year of work experience.

Individuals receiving Supplemental Social Security payments or public assistance are not required to pay the $30 application fee. An exception will also be made for applicants who are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household.

Complete information on qualifications, application requirements and procedures is available at The exam number is 45-813.

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