Job Postings & Exams

Promotional examinations for Associate Court Clerk & Principal Court Clerk are scheduled to be held Saturday, December 2, 2023.  Although the examination announcements have not yet been published, interested applicants will find subject matter and sample questions at

Application filing will begin very late Summer/early Fall.  
In addition, Law Library Clerk (open-competitive) and Law Library Assistant (open-competitive & promotional) are scheduled to be held on November 18, 2023.  Examination announcements and application filing TBA.  


We are pleased to advise that open-competitive examination Court Assistant 45-826 (JG-16) is scheduled to be held October 11, 2023 through November 1, 2023.  Promotional examinations Supervising Clerical Assistant I 55-827 (JG-16) and Supervising Clerical Assistant II 55-828 (JG-18) are scheduled to be held Saturday, October 14, 2023.  Application filing for all examinations begins on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at 10:00 AM and ends Thursday, August 10, 2023.   Please see attached examination announcements.  Links to the announcements are below.

Applicant questions may be directed to .

Note: Employees must submit a separate examination application for each examination in which they wish to compete; however, employees competing in multiple examinations, including Court Assistant,  will attend a single test session on October 14.  

Supervising Clerical Assistant II 55-828 Announcement

Supervising Clerical Assistant I 55-827 Announcement

Court Assistant 45-826 Announcement



Court Reporter (JG-24) EXAMINATION NUMBER: 45-821

PRINCIPAL SURROGATE’S COURT CLERK (JG-26) - Click for more information

ASSOCIATE SURROGATE’S COURT CLERK (JG-23) - Click for more information

SENIOR SURROGATE’S COURT CLERK (JG-21) - Click for more information

SURROGATE’S COURT CLERK (JG-18) - Click for more information



For general information about careers with the NYS Courts see the Careers in the Courts Brochure that provides information on the application process and outlines career progression through the competitive Civil Service Exam process, legal, managerial and administrative professions. The brochure also illustrates career ladders within job series and outlines opportunities to move between series.

The court system selects qualified candidates through the civil service system for competitive positions, job postings and interviews for non-competitive positions, and personal appointments of Judges to certain positions (e.g., Law Clerk to Judge)
Current Job Opportunities for Competitive and Non-Competitive Titles

Civil Service Exams: Merit and Fitness-based Selection
The civil service system was adopted by the federal and state governments in response to the hiring practices of the ‘spoils’ system. Civil service tests were created to make the hiring and promotion process fair by basing the hiring and promotion solely on test-takers’ performance on these tests. New York State implemented the civil service system in 1894 and mandated that appointments to government positions be made through the competitive civil service examination on the basis of merit and fitness. The mandate applies to positions in government where testing for merit and fitness is feasible. This includes most positions in the court system.
General Exam Information
Current Exams
Exam Study Guides & Resources
Information is available for title-specific civil service exams including exam content, sample questions and sample exams. Also included are general exam preparation guides.
Exam Preparation Guides & Sample Exams

Job Postings and the Interview Panel Selection Process
Some titles in the court system are classified as non-competitive. Qualifications for these titles are not assessed by the competitive testing process because it is not feasible or practical to administer a competitive test. Non-competitive employees work in professions such as legal, information technology, human resources, and social services. Hiring and promotion are based on job experience and education. Typically, qualifications are evaluated by an interview panel. The interview panel reviews candidates’ resumes, conducts interviews and rates candidates on job-relevant criteria.

Personal Appointments
A small number of positions in the court system are filled as personal appointments. Typically, the appointments are made by judges to titles such as Law Clerk to Judge and Secretary to Judge. Employees in these positions assist individual judges with legal research and analysis and help with casework and legal correspondence.