Court administrative assistants help with the daily running of courts and their supporting offices.
Salary range: £16,000 to £21,000
How to become a court administrative assistant
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
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.
You’ll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
You could do a paralegal, court operations or business administrator advanced apprenticeship.
You’ll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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.
You can get more details about careers in the courts and tribunals service from Skills for Justice.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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
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
You could work in an office or in a court.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could progress from administrative assistant to administrative officer and then to executive officer or team manager.