Clerk: at the service of the judicial system

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At first I wanted to defend the widow and the orphan and I thought I was a lawyer and then a magistrate because the public service attracted me more,” says Violaine, “but after four years of law, where I twice redoubled, I I saw that I will not have the level to pass the competition of the National School of the Judiciary (ENM) So I passed the contest clerk of the judicial servicesand as I managed, I jumped on I wanted to stop my studies, make myself useful, have a real job. “Thus, every year, dozens of young lawyers of bac + 2 or higher enter the National School of Transplantsin Dijon for 18 months of paid training. On leaving, these officials (category B) are offered a position in a civil or criminal court: assize court, juvenile court, correctional court, registry of an investigating judge, industrial tribunal. .. He or she just has to put on his black clerk’s dress, but by the way, what is the Clerk’s job?

Madam Clerk: The example of a correctional court

The clerk attends all the public hearings of his jurisdiction, of which he is in a way the “secretary”. “This is the most exciting, that’s why I chose this job, testifies Jean-Michel on the website Publidia.fr, registrar at the Criminal Court of Dijon.I like to sit (in dress, as judges ), to be at the heart of justice as a privileged spectator without having the moral constraints and responsibilities of the judges, even if we have a huge responsibility: it is our signature at the bottom of a judgment or judgment that makes it ” enforceable, “otherwise, it can not be applied, and I also like the precision and especially the speed of reaction that you have to have in audience to take notes.”

Organization, precision and sense of contact

The clerk’s work is not limited to hearings. Before and after, he ensures all the administrative follow-up of the procedure: he prepares the files for the judges, warns the different parts of the dates of hearing … “It is necessary to have common sense and to be organized not to drown under the files, advises Violaine who does not hide however his little enthusiasm for the “paperwork”.

After graduating from the National School of Transplants, the young woman has chosen a position with the juvenile judge in the high court of Bobigny (93): “I wanted to go where it heats, and I was served I saw all the misery of the world passing by and I also had the opportunity to rub shoulders with all the professions of justice: police officers, lawyers, judges … It is this aspect that I like as well as the contacts with the justiciables In Bobigny, the clerks manage the reception of the people who come for everything and anything, it is necessary to guide them, to sort the cases, to explain, because in court, the people are lost … ”