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Associate Court Clerk & Principal Court Clerk Exams (Filing Opens August 22, 2018)

The filing period for promotional examinations Associate Court Clerk 55-807 and Principal Court Clerk 55-808 begins Wednesday, August 22, 2018 and ends Thursday, October 4, 2018. The examinations will be administered statewide on November 17, 2018.   Please read the examination announcement(s) carefully, including the minimum qualifications to compete, before submitting an application(s). Examination application(s) will be accepted only from qualified employees of the New York State Unified Court System. Separate applications must be submitted if an applicant is applying to more than one examination. An application is considered successfully filed upon immediate receipt of an Application ID Number. Admission Notices will be e-mailed to applicants on or about November 7, 2018.  The Admission Notice contains the test site address, test time and general instructions.  Please add to your address book to ensure receipt of all correspondence.  It is your responsibility to check your e-mail for the Admission Notice and related correspondence and provide timely notice of any change to your e-mail information.




Per Diem Court Interpreter Examinations

For information regarding Per Diem Court Interpreter examinations, please scroll down to the bottom of this page. 


2014 NYS Court Officer-Trainee Exam Results

The NYS Court Officer-Trainee Exam #45-784 was held in October & December of 2014. Exam results were emailed on September 17, 2015. Passing examinees should visit,, for information concerning the court officer-trainee hiring and screening process.


List Extensions

The Associate Court Clerk and Principal Court Clerk lists have been extended in accordance with Section 25.17 (a) of the Rules of the Chief Judge for up to two years beyond the four years that a list may be in place to reflect the time frame when the Court System was under hiring restrictions created by fiscal challenges.


Exam Schedule


Tentative 2018 Exam Schedule
Title & Salary Grade Type of Exam Filing
Nov. 17, 2018

Associate Court Clerk (JG-23)

Principal Court Clerk (JG-26)



August 22, 2018 –
October 4, 2018



General Exam Information

Types of Exams
OPEN-COMPETITIVE EXAMS are open to all qualified applicants, including members of the general public and employees of the New York State Unified Court System.
PROMOTIONAL EXAMS are limited to qualified employees of the New York State Unified Court System.

Filing Fees
A non-refundable $30 filing fee is charged for all open-competitive exams. The fee requirement is waived for current employees of the New York State Unified Court System and for those who fall into specific categories provided on the exam announcement.

Exam Announcement and Filing Period
The issuance of an exam announcement and the opening of the filing period usually occur about three to six months prior to the scheduled exam date. The filing period is typically four weeks long. To take an exam, you must submit an application during the filing period.

How to Obtain Exam Applications and Announcements
The application is available online. The application must be submitted during the filing period. An email address and credit or debit card are required for successful submission. Separate applications must be submitted for each exam if an applicant is applying to more than one exam. For example, if you are applying to take both the Court Clerk and Senior Court Clerk Exams you must file two applications.

An exam announcement may be viewed or downloaded from this website, during the filing period of the exam, until the date of the exam.

Seniority Credits for Promotional Exams
Promotional exam candidates will have seniority credits added to their score based upon their length of continuous permanent service in the New York State Unified Court System. Seniority credits may not be used to achieve a passing score. Credits are computed from the date of the exam and will be added to candidates' score.

Exam History
Eligible lists are generally in place for four years and may be extended for one additional year. Consistent with civil service rules, passing candidates will be canvassed in rank order when there is a vacancy to be filled.

Questions regarding the exam schedule and application process should be directed to:


Exam Results and List Information

Results Notices
Applicants are emailed Results Notices by Civil Service Administration generally seven to nine months after the exam date. Please add to your address book to ensure receipt of all email correspondence regarding exams and results.

List Information or Changes to Contact Information
Once the list is established and initial results are emailed, Appointments and Systems Management is responsible for the list. Candidates may direct inquiries regarding rank number, score, or add or change their location preferences or provide an updated email address, phone number or other contact information to asm@nycourts.govor fax 646-963-6619


Per Diem Court Interpreters

All applicants must successfully pass both the Written and Oral Exams in order to provide court interpreting services in the New York State Unified Court System.To apply Download the Per-Diem Application Form. For more information about these exams please see the Written and Oral Exam Guide.

Written Examination
For languages other than Spanish:  The written examination assesses applicants’ English language proficiency and knowledge of legal terminology. View sample test questions for this examination.

For Spanish:  This written examination assesses applicants’ language proficiency in both English and Spanish, and knowledge of legal terminology. View sample test questions for this examination.

Oral Examination
This examination assesses applicants’ ability to interpret in various modes, i.e., sight, consecutive, and simultaneous in the six sections of the exam. To view a practice video of the oral language exam, go tosight translations (Part I and II) and to the consecutive and simultaneous interpreting sections (Parts III to VI). Although this video is for the Spanish language only, the format is similar for exams in other languages.

*Note: Applicants who were scheduled to take the written examination but did not appear, must submit a new application in order to be considered for the written examination.

Reciprocity and Exam Waiver
Interpreters possessing out-of-state court interpreter certification(s) may apply for NYS-UCS reciprocity. Please refer to Reciprocity Provisions for more information. Applicants seeking reciprocity or an exam waiver must complete the Per-Diem Application Form and the Exam Waiver/Reciprocity Form.

Questions regarding exam results and address changes should be forwarded to Per-Diem Court Interpreter


Court Interpreter (Spanish)

In order to be employed as a permanent Court Interpreter in Spanish, applicants must pass the open-competitive Civil Service written and oral exams in Spanish and undergo a criminal background investigation. This exam is administered approximately every four years. A fee is associated with the examination and background check.

Successful applicants on the open-competitive Civil Service exam are placed on a ranked eligibility list and are also eligible to be placed on the Registry of Per Diem Court Interpreters for Spanish. The current Court Interpreter (Spanish) list was established July 14, 2016. The last Court Interpreter (Spanish) written exam was held on May 5, 2018.

For more information, go to Office of Language Access

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