Court administrative assistant

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Court administrative assistants help with the daily running of courts and their supporting offices.

Salary range: £16,000 to £21,000

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How to become a court administrative assistant

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly 
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College

You could take a college course before applying for work, like a Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration, or a Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Legal Studies.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

You could do a paralegal, court operations or business administrator advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Direct application

You could apply directly for jobs. You’ll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English.

Experience in a similar role like office administration will be useful. Employers will also be interested in your personal qualities and life experience.

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Further information

You can get more details about careers in the courts and tribunals service from Skills for Justice.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • administration skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • dealing with enquiries from the public
  • booking dates and times for court hearings
  • allocating cases to courtrooms
  • preparing lists of the day’s court sessions and keeping ushers informed
  • making sure that judges, magistrates and lawyers have the right paperwork for each case
  • following up the court’s decision after a hearing (like issuing court orders)
  • taking notes in court for legal advisers
  • updating the Police National Computer (PNC) and court electronic systems

Working environment

You could work in an office or in a court.

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress from administrative assistant to administrative officer and then to executive officer or team manager.