The staff, other than the justices, employed by the Supreme Court to oversee day-to-day operations of the Court.
The Supreme Court’s staff of nonjudicial employees is one of the smallest staffs in the government. The chief justice is responsible for hiring and firing all employees; however, each justice selects a personal staff. The Court has five nonjudicial, statutory offices: administrative assistant, clerk, marshal, librarian, and reporter of decisions.
The office of administrative assistant,
The clerk of the Court
The librarian has responsibility for procuring books and periodicals and maintaining the large Supreme Court library, including overseeing the staff of expert legal researchers available for use by the justices. The position was created in 1887.
In 1790 Alexander J. Dallas began writing up court decisions as a public service. The position of reporter
Each justice chooses a personal staff, including two secretaries, a personal messenger, and up to four law clerks. Law clerks,
In addition to the statutory offices and the personal staff of the justices, the Court depends on a number of supporting departments for its smooth operation. The public information office
The office of legal counsel,
Finally, the Court could not operate without the services of telephone operators, woodworkers, first-aid staffers, a barber, and a seamstress who help maintain the smooth operation of the Court, its property, and all its employees.
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Administrative assistant to chief justice
Clerk of the Court
Dallas, Alexander J.
Legal counsel, office of
Marshal of the Court
Public information office
Reporters, Supreme Court