Court administrative officers play an essential role in making sure that the business of a court runs smoothly.
The UK has two legal systems.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland:
The House of Lords is the highest court in the land and covers England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Job descriptions vary according to the type of court and department where they work, but a court administrative officer's duties may include:
Court administrative officers usually work around 37 hours a week. Occasionally, it may be necessary to work additional hours if a special hearing is held in the evening or over the weekend. Part-time work and flexible working may be available.
Court administrative officers are usually office based. They spend most of their time working at a desk.
Starting salaries may be around £13,770 a year.
Court administrative officers are employed in courts in towns and cities throughout the UK.
Vacancies are advertised in local newspapers and Jobcentre Plus offices, and on the websites of HM Courts Service (for England and Wales), the Scottish Court Service, and the Northern Ireland Court Service.
Entry requirements vary from court to court. As a guide, candidates may need five GCSE's/S grades (A-C/1-3) or equivalent qualifications. English is required for vacancies in HM Courts Service. Candidates without these qualifications, but with relevant administrative experience may also be considered.
An increasing number of successful applicants have A levels/H grades or equivalent.
Experienced court administrative officers may be promoted to more senior posts.
With additional training, it may be possible to become a legal executive.
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A court administrative officer should:
Efficient, experienced court administrative officers are likely to gain promotion. Some train to become legal executives.
In some courts there is the opportunity for promotion to more senior administrative positions.
HM Courts & Tribunals Service
Northern Ireland Court Service,
Information Centre, Windsor House,
9-15 Bedford Street, Belfast BT2 7LT
Tel: 028 9032 8594
Scottish Court Service (SCS),
Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive Edinburgh EH11 3XD
Tel: 0131 4443300
Skills for Justice, Centre Court,
Sheffield S4 7QQ
Tel: 0114 261 1499
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