The Office of the Clerk of Superior Court, Mecklenburg County, seeks an Assistant Clerk/Legal Hearing Officer. Assistant Clerks/Legal Hearing Officers hear cases, on behalf of the Clerk, where the Clerk has judicial authority in accordance with North Carolina statutes.

Primary responsibilities for this Assistant Clerk/Legal Hearing Officer position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist the Clerk in the exercise of judicial authority, exercising all of the judicial powers, functions, and authority of the Clerk as ex officio Judge of Probate and as a judicial officer of the Superior Court.
  • Conduct evidentiary hearings and render judicial opinions including relevant findings of fact and conclusions of law.
  • Preside over hearings and issue orders on foreclosures, guardianships, claim and deliveries, supplemental proceedings, disputed funds, surplus proceeds, minor’s funds, adult adoptions, and other matters within the statutory jurisdiction of the Clerk of Superior Court.
  • Review and sign orders for supplemental proceedings, minor adoptions, property bonds, and default judgments.
  • Provide legal advice to the Clerk of Court and departments within the Office of the Clerk regarding procedural and statutory matters.
  • Serve on Court committees, as appointed by the Clerk.
  • Interact with the public attorneys, and others to provide information about court processes and procedural matters while neither offering legal advice nor engaging in ex parte communications.

This position reports to the Clerk of Court. Work hours are 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday.

Knowledge of: North Carolina court systems and procedures; case, statutory, regulatory, and common law; NC General Statutes; Estates and Special Proceedings and other areas of civil law; and basic accounting.

Skill in: following oral and written instructions; working quickly and with accuracy; managing a high volume case load; attention to detail and organization; entering data with precision; accurately typing 35-40 wpm; and proficiency with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

Ability to: work independently and under pressure with time limited mandates; interpret laws and make timely decisions with accuracy; read and understand the statutes and procedures for estate administration and record keeping; effectively communicate with people of diverse backgrounds; demonstrate a superior work ethic; and effectively manage a high volume of public interaction.

High school diploma or equivalency certificate required. Minimum of 18 years of age. Mecklenburg County residents preferred.

Management prefers applicants with a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school and an active license to practice law in North Carolina and two (2) years of experience as a litigating attorney. Professional experience working in a courthouse or law office and experience in Estates and Special Proceedings is a plus. Spanish language fluency also helpful.

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Charmaine J. Leeks
NC Administrative Office of the Courts
Human Resources Division
https: www.nccourts.gov/about/about-judicial-branch/careers

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