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Court Administration Officer Profile

 
Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Court Administration Officer. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Court Administration Officer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Court Administration Officer Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Court administrative officers and assistants help with the day to day running of the courts and their supporting offices. They book dates and times for court hearings, allocate cases to courtrooms, and prepare lists showing the day's court sessions.

Court administrative officers are also responsible for collecting records and reports on each case for the judge or magistrate; carrying out the court's orders after a hearing; and dealing with enquiries from the public. Experienced administrative officers may assist in court by taking notes for the court clerk.

Some administrative officers work in a seperate section specialising in fines and fees. They may collect fines, send out compensation or maintenance payments, produce summonses, and help members of the public to complete forms.

Hours and Environment

Court administrative officers work normal office hours, 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. However, they may be expected to work some overtime if a special hearing is held in the evenings or during a weekend. Part-time, job sharing and flexitime work may be available.

Court administrative officers and assistants usually work in clean comfortable offices.

Skills and Interests

To be a court administrative officer you should:

  • have a methodical, well-organised approach
  • be tactful, diplomatic and respect confidentiality
  • have good communication skills with the ability to explain matters clearly to other people
  • have a calm, understanding approach with a polite and helpful manner
  • be able to avoid becoming emotionally involved in distressing cases
  • be willing to learn office technology skills
  • be able to work well in a team and to cope with the demands of a busy schedule
  • be interested in law.


Entry

Entry requirements vary depending on the court you work in:

Magistrate courts prefer candidates with three GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3), including maths and English; some entrants may have A levels/Highers

District courts in Scotland have varying entry requirements: check with individual courts

English and Welsh county and crown courts, and courts run by the Scottish Courts Administration - administrative assistants need two GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3), including English; administrative officers need five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3), including English.

Entry is possible at any age up to 65 (60 in Scottish Courts administration).

Training

Training varies between regions. All new staff receive induction and on-the-job training. You might also attend short courses organised by the Court Service and Lord ChancellorĂ¢€™s Department.

In Scotland, administrative officers are either trained by their manager or by an Area Vocational Trainer. This is supplemented by gaining experience in different jobs within the same office.

Opportunities

The MagistrateCourt Service is administered by local magistrate court committees. The county and crown courts are run directly by the Court Service (an agency within the Lord Chancellor's Department). The Scottish district courts are run by local authorities. Administrative staff are civil servants.

The Scottish Courts Service, an executive agency of the Scottish Executive, is responsible for running the 49 sheriff courts, the Court of Session and the High Court of Justiciary.

In magistrate courts, promotion within administrative grades depends on ability and experience. Some administrative staff in magistrates' courts train to become clerks of court who are legally qualified advisers to the magistrates.

In the Civil Service, administrative assistants may be promoted to administrative officer and then to executive officer grade (second class depute in Scotland).There are opportunities to transfer to courts in other areas in order to gain promotion.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Administrative assistants are likely to earn between £9,750 and £12,027 a year
Administrative officers earn between £12,666 and £14,721 a year.
Middle and senior administrative officers can earn between £15,153 and £17,271 a year.

Further Information

Association of Magistrates' Courts
6th Floor
185 Marylebone Road
London
NW1 5QB
Tel: 020 7723 1975
www.ccmcc.co.uk

The Court Service
Southside
105 Victoria Street
London
SW1E 6QT
Tel: 020 7210 2266
www.courtservice.gov.uk

Department for Constitutional Affairs
Selborne House
54-60 Victoria Street
London
SW1E 6QW
Tel: 020 7210 8500
www.dca.gov.uk

Scottish Court Service
Hayweight House
23 Lauriston Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9DQ
Tel: 0131 221 6837
www.scotcourts.gov.uk

Other Useful Court Administration Officer Work Information

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