Use this sample and step by step explanation for setting meaningful and inspiring employee performance goals for a deputy clerk of court.

The deputy clerk of court is an individual charged with the responsibility of being the custodian of all court records. He/she also coordinates and directs a wide range of clerical duties. The records can include but not limited to civil, adoption, domestic relations, criminal, juvenile, and paternity.

Other specific duties include issuance, filing, and keeping the record of all business licenses and marriage licenses in the court system, performing a broad range of tasks related to civil cases including carrying out a document check, the filing of pleadings, issuance of summons, and docketing. He/she also coordinates sharing of court records with other courts such as the Supreme Court. Also, he/she maintains records of child support cases and maintains records indicating payments, prepares documents for court proceedings and maintains a list of exhibits. Finally, he/she is responsible for ensuring confidentiality of the court records.

Employee Performance Goals Sample

Employee's Name: Title:
Review Period: __/__/__ to __/__/__ Employee SSN:
Work Location: Supervisor's Name:


  1. Setting Goals: List specific goals in the space provided below each competency under "Performance Goals". Assign an appropriate timeline for each goal as well as numeric or financial terms to measure the goal.
  2. Employee Comments: The employee must comment next to each goal under "Employee Comments" with "Okay" for goals which he/she feels comfortable working with, and "Needs Clarification" for goals which he/she believes need to be discussed further. An employee who is comfortable with all the goals can sign the goals at this stage.
  3. Summary: Give a summary of the total time estimated for the employee to have achieved the goals. State action plans and specific milestones to track the goals. Any additional comments agreed between the employee and the supervisor should be noted here.
  4. Human Resources Review: Human resources personnel must confirm that the goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. He/she must then sign the goals in the "Human Resource" section provided under "Signatures".
  5. Signatures: When discussion of the goals has been completed and consensus has been reached, sign the goals and let the employee sign too. Send the final copy to the human resources for inclusion in the employee's professional records.

Performance Goals for Next Period

Performance Goals

Employee Comments


Conduct proper research before I undertake any form of writing to use acceptable facts and information.

Be more willing to ask for feedback, to accept feedback given, and to act on it afterward.

[employee comments goal]

Classify tasks according to importance and urgency in order to get an idea of what can wait and what needs to be done immediately

Give each task a specific deadline or short amount of time in order to remain focused

[employee comments goal]

Create a group environment where people feel supported by their team members and constantly encourage them to keep moving forward

Constantly provide encouragement when team members accomplish their goals and positive feedback for different ways of improving

[employee comments goal]

Develop a hunger for personal growth even as the business excels

Learn to spend your time and resources well to ensure minimum wastage

[employee comments goal]

Organize the key information into checklists and check tasks off once they are accomplished in order to avoid mixing them up

Learn to pay attention to details in order to avoid missing steps or making mistakes and prevent future problems

[employee comments goal]

Create a personal mission statement that conveys one's core values and defines why one has to meet specific goals

Provide the necessary information required to accomplish tasks and let other members of the team know when one does not have enough information about a certain task

[employee comments goal]

Devote own attention to tasks that one needs to complete first and save later dates for projects with later deadlines

Use the provided procedures or guidelines to perform tasks in order to improve quality and productivity; avoid using inappropriate shortcuts

[employee comments goal]

Exhibit flexibility and creativity in solving problems presented by customers

Prioritize your workload effectively based on the needs of a customer

[employee comments goal]

Learn how to classify information and structure reports and proposals in an appropriate format

Integrate primary data and secondary sources accurately, persuasively, and logically when writing reports and proposals

[employee comments goal]

Show willingness to improve typing skills and learn how to type more accurately and faster

Proofread work before submitting and improve on spelling, punctuation and grammar

[employee comments goal]


Sections 1-2: To be completed by the supervisor

Section 3: To be completed by the employee

1. Goals completed since last performance feedback

2. Goals for next period

3. Employee comments


I acknowledge that I discussed this performance feedback with my supervisor. My signature does not mean that I agree or disagree with this appraisal.
Employee: Date:
Supervisor: Date:
Human Resources: Date:

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