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As a court administrative officer, you will play an essential role in making sure that the business of a court runs as smoothly as possible.

What does a Court Administrative Officer do?
A court administrative officer has a varied role, with a range of different daily tasks. These can include:

  • Setting dates and times for cases to be heard in court

  • Writing and sending letters summoning people to appear in court on a certain date

  • Listing the running cases of the day so that the judge has the relevant papers

  • Ensure that all relevant paperwork is allocated to the right people before a case

  • Allocating cases to court rooms

  • Informing legal personnel of new developments. (e.g. informing them that someone who was expected in court is not going to attend)

  • Ensuring that appropriate court costs are paid for by the defendant and prosecutor

  • Following up judgements made in court

  • Deal with mail and filing documents

  • Responding to enquiries both face-to-face and on the telephone

  • Collecting statistics and updating data on a database

Skills & interests required for a Court Administrative Officer
Court administrative officers need to be organised, trustworthy and discreet. You will likely be handling sensitive legal information on behalf of the court, so will need to make sure that you keep things confidential. Many of the people you deal with will be members of the general public, and so you may need to explain the workings of the court to them accurately in clear, non-technical language.
- Communication
- Dependability
- Legal Writing
- Organisation
- Teamwork
- Verbal Communication
- Written Communication
What hours does a Court Administrative Officer typically do?
You will usually work around 37 hours a week. Though, if you are part of a special hearing then you may be required to week evenings and weekends.
What environment is a Court Administrative Officer based in?
Typically, you will be office-based, which requires spending a lot of time at a desk.
How much does a Court Administrative Officer travel?
You may be required to travel between offices and clients, depending on the kind of company that you are working for.
How much does a Court Administrative Officer get paid?
A starting salary for an administrative assistant is around £19,000, rising to £23,000 per annum as an administrative coordinator. Once you move up to a managerial role, it is likely that your salary will rise to £28,000 per year.
What qualifications does a Court Administrative Officer need?
Entry requirements will vary from court to court; however, it is desirable that candidates need five GCSE’s grade A-C/1-3 or equivalent. English is required for vacancies in HM Courts Service. However, an increasing number of applicants now have A-levels and are more required to be promoted to more senior roles.

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