A court liaison officer is a non-sworn professional of the court that provides a wide range of clerical and verification duties for cases and other court-related duties. The court liaison handles specialised duties for other officers of the court or stands in as a substitute to sworn officers of the court. This professional acts in a supportive function to help the court system run smoothly.
The court liaison officer must review paperwork for felonies and misdemeanours to make sure records are accurate and complete. This includes complying with sex offender regulations and registering residential and transient sexually offenders through fingerprinting and photographing.
This officer also registers sole proprietors and businesses with the city's police permit program and prepares many court documents. At times, operating and manning a switchboard also falls to the court liaison officer, and he or she must use discretion when deciding to direct calls from the general public to the appropriate staff.
He or she arranges court dockets, pulls files for the docket, keeps records of the court's time and presents felony and misdemeanour files to the district attorney. The court liaison officer also forwards complaints from the district attorney's office to the court staff. In some cases, the officer has to maintain an audiovisual system for the police department when interviewing witnesses or crime victims.
Financial duties like preparing check requisitions for court operations are another responsibility for the court liaison officer. He or she also receives and processes court payments and handles receipts.