Senior Legal Technician (#RL0303)
$24.76-$30.09 Hourly / $4,290.93-$5,215.65 Monthly / $51,491.16-$62,587.82 Yearly


Under direction, performs difficult and responsible supervisory Legal Typist work; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the supervisory level class in the Legal Technician series. Incumbents in this class have full supervisory responsibility over subordinate Legal Technicians and other clerical employees who work for attorneys and investigators. Incumbents may be assigned special projects and/or may coordinate complex assignments within the department.


  • Plans, assigns, coordinates, and supervises the activities of a group of subordinates performing legal typing, clerical and general office work.
  • Assesses workloads and establishes priorities; monitors the flow and quality of work; assures timely completion of the work; participates in the selection process of subordinate employees.
  • Orients employees to office procedures; trains employees regarding specific tasks and work processes; answers questions from subordinates; interprets rules and regulations; evaluates employee performance.
  • Processes a variety of legal documents; examines documents for conformance with Superior Court, as well as District Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court procedures; prepares and maintains case files.
  • 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.
  • Maintains case calendar books; maintains case files and related filing systems.
  • Provides information to other agencies, attorneys, and the general public regarding general criminal court procedures.


Experience:  Six years of responsible office clerical work requiring typing, including four years in a law office with responsibility for typing briefs and a wide range of standard legal documents at a level comparable to or higher than Legal Technician I in San Joaquin County.

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.


Principles and practices of supervision and training; 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.


Assign, train and supervise others; 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: RL0303; EST: 12/9/1992; REV: 11/13/2002;