Legal Technician I (#RL0301)
$21.49-$26.12 Hourly / $3,724.50-$4,527.15 Monthly / $44,694.04-$54,325.88 Yearly


Under direction, performs skilled legal typing and clerical work; and does related or other work in a legal office, as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the first level class in the Legal Technician series. Employees in this class work directly with attorneys, judges, or investigators and perform legal typing and clerical work which requires a comprehensive working knowledge of legal documents, court organization, legal terminology and procedures to insure the timely and proper filing of legal documents.


  • Types a wide variety of complex legal documents requiring knowledge of proper legal formats including writs, appeals and other briefs which require preparation of indices, tables of authorities, and proofs of service; types complaints, contracts, motions, depositions and warrants from copy, written drafts, or dictation machines; operates word processing equipment and computer terminals.
  • Processes a variety of legal documents; examines documents for conformance with Superior and Municipal Court, as well as District Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court procedures; prepares and maintains case files.
  • Receives, indexes, and files a variety of legal documents and correspondence; maintains case files and related filing systems; maintains case calendar books.
  • Files legal papers with appropriate court.
  • Gathers and compiles a variety of information for records and reports; maintains caseload statistics by type and disposition; codes, posts and summarizes court actions, enters data on computer terminal. Maintains information for statistical reports.
  • Provides information to other agencies, attorneys, and the general public regarding general criminal court procedures.
  • Screens calls and visitors; takes and transmits messages; under the direction of an attorney, gives out technical information on regulations, laws or procedures to other attorneys, government agencies and the general public.
  • May act as lead worker; may review work of others; may train others as assigned.


Experience: Two years of responsible office clerical work requiring typing, including one year in a law office with responsibility for typing briefs and a wide range of standard legal documents.

Substitution: One year of business training in an approved school or training program may be substituted for six months of the general clerical experience.

Certificates: 1) Possession of a valid typing/keyboarding or other acceptable certification of ability to input data at the rate of 50 words per minute, if required by the nature of the assignment; and/or 2) Possession of an acceptable proficiency certificate in one or more computer software programs, if required by the nature of the assignment.

Special Requirement: Most positions require the ability to use computers and/or word processing equipment. If required by the nature of the position, demonstrated general or software-specific computer proficiency may be required prior to appointment.


Legal terminology and procedures; legal forms and documents; general office practices and procedures; language mechanics, including grammar, spelling and vocabulary; filing systems; basic mathematics; public relations procedures.


Work independently; transcribe legal material from dictation machines; read and interpret legal documents, rules and procedures; follow oral and written instructions; communicate effectively orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships; operate word processors and do basic computer terminal entry.


Mobility-Frequent operation of a data entry device, repetitive motion, sitting for long periods, walking; occasional standing, pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, climbing; Lifting-Frequently 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5 to 30 pounds; Visual-Constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent color perception and use of eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone, talking in person; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent decision making, concentration, and public contact; Special Requirements-Some assignments may require working weekends, nights, and/or occasional overtime; Environmental-Occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RL0301; EST: 5/8/1985; REV: 11/13/2002;