Court Administrative Officer Job
Court administrative officers manage and organise the business associated with courts of law. They handle the paperwork and arrangements associated with the court so that all cases can be dealt with smoothly and on time.
Duties and Skills
The duties of an administrative officer includes but are not limited to:
- Answering public enquiries
- Scheduling court hearings
- Assigning courtrooms for each case
- Ensuring that all court officers involved have the correct paperwork
- Following up on the judgements issued in a hearing
There are a lot of skills required to efficiently carry out the duties of an administrative officer, such as:
- Strong organizational and administrative skills
- Attention to detail and the ability to follow instructions while working in a team environment
- Good communication skills and using patient and tact when dealing with others
- An interest in the law and respect for confidentiality
Job Entry Requirements
Candidates for administrative assistant positions in Her Majesty’s Courts Service may require at least two GCSEs (A-C), including English language. To be an administrative officer, five are required including English. With previous office-related experience, applicants may take and pass a test and be accepted without the GCSE requirements.
Applicants must also be checked through the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and meet nationality requirements.
Newly hired administrative assistants and officers are trained on the job. Training also includes in-house and external training courses. The training that is provided gives them the opportunity to become qualified in business and administration.
Full time administrative officers work Monday through Friday between 37 and 40 hours. There are also opportunities for part time work.
While the job is done primarily from an office, some time is spent in the courtroom.
Salary and Job Opportunities
Annual salaries for administrative assistants are between £12,824 and £14,912. For administrative officers the salary is between £14,551 and £19,200.
Positions in Wales and England are with Her Majesty’s Courts Service. This service directs all of the magistrate and crown courts. Administrative court officer jobs in Northern Ireland are for the Northern Ireland Court Service.
These jobs are posted in the local newspapers as well as on Jobcentre Plus and the websites of the Courts Services. Entry positions are for administrative assistants. The next levels are administrative officer, executive officers, and team leaders. Promotions may be easier to get by transferring to another area’s Courts Service. With additional training a legal executive position may be possible.
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