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

A deputy court clerk conducts a wide range of clerical/administrative duties in various court systems. He/she is also known as assistant court clerk. He/she is responsible for providing information to the staff, public, judicial officers, and the attorneys.

This being an entry job, other duties include attending to inquiries from judicial officers, attorneys, the general public, and the law enforcement agencies. He/she takes part in the preparation, review, and processing of legal documents, motions, orders, and correspondence and may also be required to administer oaths to witnesses in the courtroom. Lastly, they record minutes during trials and balance cash receipts for court payments.

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


To carefully analyze and interpret information collected to draw reasonable inferences.

Show willingness to improve on critical thinking skill by learning new techniques.

[employee comments goal]

Bundle related tasks together in order to move fluidly between them

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

[employee comments goal]

Work with a team to identify common goals and put them in a place where one can visually see them

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

[employee comments goal]

Encourage group members always to work as a team in order to solve problems or accomplish goals

Present information in various forms such as audio, video clips, graphs, charts, etc. so that every group member can understand

[employee comments goal]

Actively seek to build and enhance a solid working relationship among the workforce and staff

Utilize the communication techniques provided for the various situations that come up

[employee comments goal]

Listen carefully to oral directions, summarize what one has heard and link these directions to the information that one already have

Work closely with the instructor from the start to the of the task or project and ask for help where appropriate

[employee comments goal]

Establish new policies and procedures for maintaining confidentiality of sensitive information in the company

Look for new tricks and methods to keep oneself on track, both personally and professionally

[employee comments goal]

Develop a financial plan to make sure that cash flows seamlessly and that revenue ends up where it is needed

Use business accounting software in order to maintain clean and timely financial records and accurate company transactions

[employee comments goal]

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

Delegate tasks that actually need to be delegated in order to avoid feeling overloaded and overwhelmed

[employee comments goal]

Learn more computer skills and learn how to use different data entry software packages

Learn how to transcribe documents, to type up manuscripts, and to input complex statistical data

[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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