Legal Definition and Related Resources of Clerk

Meaning of Clerk

(Latin Clericus) Originally the term meant a man of letters, a learned man, hence the reference to a member of the clergy as a clerk. However, in modern times, the term has a wide meaning to denote certain types of employees such as a bookkeeper, stenographer , time- keeper , foreman , paymaster, superintendent of manufacture , packer, administrative assistant, etc.

Clerk Alternative Definition

In Commercial Law. A person in the employ of a merchant, who attends only to a part of his business, while the merchant himself superintends the whole. He differs from a factor in this, that the latter wholly supplies the place of his principal in respect to the property consigned to him. Pardessus. Dr. Com. note 38; 1 Chit. Prac. 80; 2 Bouv. Inst, note 1287, A general name for salesmen, bookkeepers, amanuenses, and other employees of that class. A person employed in an oflfice, public or private, for keeping records or accounts. In Ecclesiastical Law. An individual who is attached to the ecclesiastical state, and has submitted to the tonsure. One who has been ordained. 1 Bl. Comm. 388. A clergyman. 4 Bl. Comm. 367.

Synonyms of Clerk


  • chronicler
  • copyist
  • court employee
  • court official
  • court scribe
  • judicial administrator
  • judicial assistant
  • judicial recorder
  • judicial secretary
  • office worker
  • prothonotary
  • record keeper
  • registrar
  • scriba
  • scribe
  • scrivener
  • secretary
  • Associated Concepts: clerk of the court
  • county clerk
  • papers filed with the clerk
  • town clerk foreign phrases: Errores scribentis nocere non debent
  • An error made by a clerk ought not to prejudice

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Clerk in Historical Law

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Clerk in the Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims

1. A member of the clergy. The clergy, as they engrossed almost every other branch of learning, were remarkable for their study of the law. The judges were usually created out of the sacred order, and all the inferior officers were supplied by the lower clergy, which occasioned their successors to be dominated “clerks”. 1 Bl. Com. 17. 2. A person employed to keep records; as, a clerk of the court.

Note: This legal definition of Clerk in the Dictionary of Law (English and American Jurisprudence) is from 1893.

English Spanish Translation of Clerk

Empleado administrativo, empleado de un organismo gubernamental, funcionario de registro

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Clerk to the justices in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of clerk to the justices.

Meaning of Clerk in Spanish

Description/ translation of clerk into Spanish: secretario de justicia, secretario de un tribunal[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where clerk belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Clerk published by Antonio Peñaranda


Legal English Vocabulary: Clerk in Spanish

Online translation of the English legal term clerk into Spanish: oficinista (English to Spanish translation) . More about legal dictionary from english to spanish online.

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  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Law Enforcement Agency

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Justices’ clerk in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of justices’ clerk.


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  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police Work
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

Meaning of Clerk in the Past

Every individual, who is attached to the ecclesiastical state and who has submitted to the ceremony of the tonsure, is a clerk. [1]


Notes and References

  1. Partialy, this information about clerk is based on the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, 1848 edition. There is a list of terms of the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, including clerk.

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